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White, Alan

(1924-    ) UK author, almost exclusively of thrillers, often in a war setting, his best known novel probably being A Long Day's Dying (1962); his several pseudonyms, which include James Fraser, Alec Haigh, Joe Balham and others, have been used only for nonfantastic works. Of sf interest is Black Alert (1985), a Near Future Technothriller in which a renegade soldier, who has gained control of a military Spaceship, attempts to instigate World War Three by bombing London. ...

Luftpirat und sein Lenkbares Luftschiff, Der

["The Pirate of the Air and his Navigable Airship"] German Dime-Novel series, popularly known as Kapitän Mors der Luftpirat; it has no connection with a 1948 series of the same name. One of the most popular series of its day, its author or authors are unknown, but well-known writers like Oskar Hoffmann (1866-1928) may have been involved; and, since its adventures take place alternately on Earth and in space, it may have been written by two people. 165 32pp issues were published 1908-1911, ...

Ludwig, Boris

An Australian pseudonym or more likely a House Name briefly used on two unremarkable Scientific Thrillers titles, each of novella length: Jaws of Death (1948 chap) deals with the Disaster that ensues when iron-eating grubs are found by criminals in the Australian outback; and The Whistle of Doom (1949 chap) deals with the consequences of trying to use the eponymous Basilisk for wrong ends. The byline was also used for the short story "The Escaped Essence" (April 1950 Thrills Incorporated). ...

Green Hornet, The

1. US tv series (1966-1967). Greenway Productions/20th Century Fox Television for ABC-TV. Characters created by George W Trendle, Fran Striker for the 1936 Radio drama version. Executive Producer: Charles B Fitzsimons. Producers: Richard M Bluel, Stanley Shpetner. Directors included William Beaudine, James Komack, Leslie H Martinson. Writers included Lorenzo Semple Jr, Paul Dubov, Sheldon Stark. Cast includes Walter Brooke, Lloyd Gough (Mike Axford), Bruce Lee, Wende Wagner and Van Williams. ...


This entry covers the comic strip in daily and Sunday newspapers, European comic papers and the initially US-style comic book; it does not cover the Graphic Novel per se, although clearly there is a more than casual overlap between the two categories. / Comics stories use some interaction of text and picture, as opposed to the "storybook" or "picture book" use of words plus illustrations. Design, drawing style, caption and word-balloon continuity all serve to make comics a medium with its ...

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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