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Gerrold, David

Pseudonym of US author and scriptwriter Jerrold David Friedman (1944-    ), who was raised in Southern California, gaining a BA in theatre arts there. His earliest commercial sales were Television scripts, the first of them a well-known Star Trek (1966-1969) episode, "The Trouble with Tribbles" (1967), the subject of one of his two books about the original series, The Trouble with Tribbles (1973), which includes the script plus a nonfiction narrative. The other, The World of ...

Science Fiction Review

1. Variant title of two Fanzines – The Alien Critic and Psychotic – edited by Richard E Geis. [PN] 2. The Science Fiction Review was the title of the first issue (March 1975) of what was known for most of its run as The Science Fiction Review (Monthly) (which see). [DRL] 3. US magazine published 1990-1992 by SFR Publications, based in Salem, Oregon and edited by Elton T Elliott. Ten letter-size issues from Spring 1990 to May 1992, at which point publication ceased. / ...

Carr, Wallace

Pseudonym of UK author Reginald Aubrey Gibbin (1890-1973), mostly of romances for teenage girls, active from around 1930; he is of some sf interest for The Grotto of Arratsu (1940), whose two young protagonists discover a Lost Race on an unknown Island in the Atlantic Ocean, where great gates in the eponymous Underground grotto once opened the way to Atlantis and continue to block the flood waters responsible for its immersion. [JC]

Hershman, Morris

(1926-    ) US author whose sf novel, Shareworld (1972; vt The Crash of 2086 1976), takes a Dystopian view of the stock market dominating the entire world and anticipates a final and definitive Crash. [JC]

Tanner, Mack

(1937-    ) US author perhaps best known for his nonfiction advocacy of an armed America, Armed-Citizen Solution to Crime in the Streets: So Many Criminals, So Few Bullets (1995). In his Target series of thrillers, Target: Intruder (1990) features an ancient deepsea Monster and its assault on American warships. [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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