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Zimpel, Lloyd

(1929-    ) US author of Meeting the Bear: A Journal of the Black Wars (1971), a Near Future tale set in a disintegrating America, with urban unrest being countered by Dystopian means, including brainwashing and concentration camps. [JC]

Ace Books

US paperback-publishing company founded by pulp-magazine publisher A A Wyn in 1953. Under editor Donald A Wollheim, Ace published a high proportion of sf, much of it in the "Ace Double" format of two titles bound together Dos-à-Dos: the first sf story to be published thus was Theodore S Drachman's Cry Plague! (1953 dos) in the volume with serial number D-13. The series included the first or early novels of many writers who became famous, such as John Brunner, Samuel R Delany, Philip K ...

Eliot, George F

(1894-1971) US naval correspondent for the Columbia Broadcasting System and author of stories, usually adventure tales though some are supernaturals, in magazines circa 1920s-1956; some are horror. The Purple Legion: A G-Man Thriller (1936) is of only moderate sf interest, but demonstrates some skill at a period when the concept of the Superhero was in flux, making it hard to fix the generic implications of tales like this. [JC]

Day the Fish Came Out, The

Film (1967). Michael Cacoyannis Productions/Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by Michael Cacoyannis. Written by Michael Cacoyannis. Cast includes Candice Bergen, Colin Blakely, Tom Courtenay, Ian Ogilvy and Sam Wanamaker. 109 minutes. Colour. / This Near-Future Greek/UK film takes off from a real-life incident in which the US Air Force accidentally lost two H-bombs off the coast of Spain. A NATO bomber crashes into the sea near a small Greek island, losing two H-bombs and a "Doomsday weapon". ...

Tallis, Frank

(1958-    ) UK clinical psychologist and author, mostly of The Liebermann Papers series, a nonfantastic crime novel series set in pre-1914 Vienna; of sf interest are Killing Time (1999), whose protagonist, after episodes of psychosis while trapped in a Virtual Reality world, commits murders in the here and now; and Sensing Others (2000), whose protagonist suffers Drugs-induced experiences of Telepathy and possible Identity Exchange. As F R Tallis, he has published several ...

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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