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Questor Tapes, The

Made-for-tv film (1974). Universal/NBC. Directed by Richard A Colla. Teleplay Gene Roddenberry, Gene L Coon. Cast includes Mike Farrell, Robert Foxworth and John Vernon. 100 minutes. Colour. / This was the rather good pilot episode for a Television series that never sold. Questor (Foxworth), the last of a series of Android guardians deposited on Earth aeons ago by a beneficent Alien race, has been faultily programmed, and the story involves his search for information that will explain his ...

Dent, Lester

(1904-1959) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Pirate Cay" for Top Notch Magazine in 1929; best known for his Doc Savage novels, which he created in 1933 and wrote for Doc Savage magazine under the House Name Kenneth Robeson (which see for full description); Dent wrote solo all but 43 of the 181 issues. He also wrote stories under his own name and other crime stories under the pseudonym Tim Ryan. Throughout his career, though pre-eminently before World War Two, Dent was ...

Vibert, Paul

Working name of French author Edmond-Celestin-Paul Vibert (1851-1918) who, in Pour Lire en Automobile: nouvelles fantastiques ["For Reading in an Automobile: Fantastic Stories"] (coll 1901; trans Brian Stableford as The Mysterious Fluid coll 2011), espouses the theory that electricity is the universal Power Source underlying all other forms of energy. Most of his collection comprises is made up of illustrative vignettes, most of them sufficiently "advanced" in their descriptions of the powers ...

Ward, David

(?   -    ) Canadian author whose Young Adult Perimeter One Adventures series, beginning with Perimeter One Adventures #1: The Misenberg Accelerator (1994), comprises a set of Near Future adventures experienced by the Graham family in the knowledge that God (see Religion) is on their side against various enemies. Ward should not be confused with the David Ward, who is the author of the Grasslands sequence. [JC]

Luceno, James

(1947-    ) US author who first came to attention through an imaginative sequence of Ties to the Robotech Television series of Mecha cartoon adventures, all with Brian C Daley (whom also see for details) under the joint pseudonym Jack McKinney, but who in these early years also wrote some untied solo sf adventures: A Fearful Symmetry (1989), a Near-Future thriller about the coming of the Millennium and the arrival of Aliens; Illegal Alien (1990), an interplanetary Sex spoof; ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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