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Stone, Steve

(1964-    ) UK artist working in digital media, having studied art at Nottingham University in the 1980s; he has occasionally been credited as Steven Stone. His prolific output of sf and fantasy cover artwork began with the 1997 UK reissue of Eric L Harry's Society of the Mind: A Cyberthriller (1996), followed by several 1998 Orbit paperback reprints of Patrick Tilley's Amtrak Wars sequence; 1999 saw his first fantasy cover, for The Druid of Shannara (1999) by Terry Brooks, ...

Kelleher, Victor

(1939-    ) UK-born Australian teacher and author, in Africa for about twenty years before emigrating to New Zealand in 1973 and then Australia in 1976; he has written some horror as by Veronica Hart. Kelleher's major narrative concerns, in his sf and Fantasy (he makes no sharp distinction between the two genres) for Young Adult readers, seem to be the resolving of conflicts between cyclic/seasonal time and linear time. His first novels – Voices from the River (1979), ...


As the City at the heart of the British Empire, London was long seen by UK speculative authors as bearing the brunt of whatever Disaster the future might bring. There are many proleptic post-imperial visions of London destroyed or depopulated, as in William Delisle Hay's The Doom of the Great City; Being the Narrative of a Survivor, Written A.D. 1942 (1880 chap), and other works discussed under Ruins and Futurity, this being perhaps the first tale to conflate the growing health crises caused by ...

Bubble, The

Film (1966; vt Fantastic Invasion of Planet Earth 1976). Arch Oboler Productions/Midwestern MagicVuers. Produced by Marvin J Chomsky. Directed by Arch Oboler. Written by Oboler. Cast includes Michael Cole, Johnny Desmond and Deborah Walley. 112 minutes; cut to 94 minutes for 1976 re-release; later versions cut to 75 minutes. Colour. / Young married couple Mark (Cole) and Katherine (Walley), the latter heavily pregnant, take a trip in a private aeroplane piloted by their friend Tony Herric ...

Brown, Robin

(1937-    ) UK author of a Near Future political tale, A Forest Is a Long Time Growing (1967), which is set in Africa, and of Megalodon (1981; vt Shark! 1983), in which a prehistoric shark, 200 feet long, is finally killed after much turmoil. [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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