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Latimer, Alex

(?   -    ) South African illustrator and author, initially of self-illustrated tales for younger children beginning with the Boy Who Cried Ninja (graph 2011) [not listed below]; he has also written in collaboration with Diane Awerbuck as Frank Owen. He is initially of sf interest for The Space Race (2013), a Near Future tale focused on the troublesome acquiring by South Africa of a nuclear presence, and also the inadvertent launching of an outmoded Spaceship, ...

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 ...

He, Joan

(?   -     ) US author whose first novel, the Young Adult Descendant of the Crane (2019), is fantasy. Her second novel, The Ones We're Meant to Find (2021), which is set in a world disrupted by Climate Change, follows the travels of two separated sisters (one of them the narrator) searching for one another in the midst of the Disaster, a reunion being necessarily clouded by the bad times they must attempt to occupy, as well as the problematics involving ...

Clarke, Jeremy

Pseudonym of Canadian singer, journalist and author Jeremy Samuel Gluck (1958-    ), in UK from early adulthood; he has also written as by Ralph Traitor. He is of sf interest for the SKULL sequence of Near Future Satires comprising Necrotrivia vs SKULL (1989) and God Is Love: (Get It In Writing) (1990), set in an America overwhelmed by a self-created Media Landscape and a cynical manufactured Religion. The gonzo extravagances of the telling have a tendency to drown out the ...

Hesky, Olga

(1912-1974) UK editor and author in whose wry and somewhat Surrealist sf novel, The Purple Armchair (1961), the Alien who resembles an armchair and is purple must decide whether or not the human race – caught in a near-future Dystopia dominated by Computers – should survive. Eventually the "chair" says no. [JC]

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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