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Ayrton, Elisabeth

(1910-1991) UK author, best known for books on cooking; married first to Nigel Balchin (1933-1951), then to Michael Ayrton (from 1952 until his death in 1975). Her sf novel, Day Eight (1978), portrays a Near-Future world in Ecological extremis, to which Gaia responds through a sudden acceleration in the Evolution of species in the heart of Africa, but excluding Homo sapiens. [JC]

Bessière, Richard

(1923-2011) French author of much sf, initially as F Richard-Bessière, then as Richard-Bessière, finally under his name properly spelled; and spy thrillers as by F-H Ribes. Series of works not yet translated – little of his work has appeared in English – include the Conquérants de l'Universe ["Conquerors Of The Universe"] a Fantastic Voyage sequence of Space Operas, beginning with Les Conquérants de l'Universe ["Conquerors Of The Universe"] (1951) in ...

Byers, Sam

(1979-    ) UK author whose first novel Idiopathy (2013), though not literally fantastic, engages in edge-of-the-present, extremely funny Satirical assaults on the British Media Landscape, and on the chatterati's morganatic relationship with the Internet in general. His second novel, Perfidious Albion (2018), moves his focus forward, into a post-Brexit Near Future world where figures similar to those anatomized in the first novel find themselves even more deeply compromised ...

Webster, Frank V

House Name used by the unidentified author (?   -?   ) of Ben Hardy's Flying Machine; Or, Making a Record for Himself (1911), an sf tale sf set into an otherwise nonfantastic series of boy's fiction for the Stratemeyer Syndicate; authors under this name include Weldon J Cobb, Howard R Garis and St GeorgeRathborne. Young Ben triumphs in a flying machine, the Invention of his father; but, trapped in the Canadian north woods by a Mad Scientist, encounters an even more ...


US tv series (2004-2010). Bad Robot for ABC. Created by J J Abrams, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse. Producers include Abrams, Lindelof, Cuse and Bryan Burk. Directors include Abrams, Jack Bender, Stephen Williams and Paul A Edwards. Writers include Abrams, Lindelof, Cuse, Jeffrey Lieber, Elizabeth Sarnoff, Drew Goddard, Javier Grillo-Marxuach and Brian K Vaughan. Cast includes Matthew Fox as Jack Shephard, Evangeline Lilly as Kate Austen, Josh Holloway as James "Sawyer" Ford, Terry O'Quinn as ...

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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