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Gibbons, Gavin

(1922-1978) UK publisher and author of both nonfiction and fiction; of the latter, By Space Ship to the Moon: A Tale of Adventure in Outer Space for Boys (1958), a Young Adult tale whose modestly familiar contents are hinted at in the full title. Other titles with a sound of sf – like The Coming of the Space Ships (1956) or They Rode in Space Ships (1957) – are in fact UFO books, and are technically nonfiction. [JC]

Sheldon, Lee

Pseudonym of US mailman and author Cyril Wayne Lee (1917-2010), active as an author of stories and novels, mostly westerns, from the 1940s; he began publishing sf with "Project Asteroid" for Teens in 1966. His routine sf adventure, set on an Alien world visited by human explorers, is Doomed Planet (1967). [JC]

Hellstrom Chronicle, The

US film (1971). Wolper Pictures. Produced by Walton Green. Directed by Green and Ed Spiegel (Hellstrom/insect sequences). Written by David Seltzer. Cast includes Conlan Carter (farmer), Ian McShane (himself), Suzanne Pleshette (herself) and Lawrence Pressman. McShane and Pleshette appear in a film clip from If It's Tuesday, This Must be Belgium (1969). 90 minutes. Colour. / An early docudrama hosted and narrated by the fictional entomologist Dr Nils Hellstrom (Pressman), this film portrays ...

Lazarus, Keo Felker

(1913-1993) US author for children and the Young Adult market whose Gismo trilogy – comprising The Gismo: A Science Fiction Story (1970; vt The Gismo from Outer Space 1974), The Gismonauts (1981) and A Message from Monaal (1981) – begins when a young lad discovers the eponymous Communications device that links its user to outer space and an Alien race whose leader Throalian Monaal is studying Earth's society. Book two takes up the tale in the Near Future as the first protagonist's ...

Mancour, Terry L

(1968-    ) US author of a Tie to the Star Trek universe, Star Trek: The Next Generation #20: Spartacus (1992) as T L Mancour. He is also of sf interest for two self-published Sequels by Another Hand to H Beam Piper's Space Viking (November 1962-June 1963 Analog; 1963): Prince of Tanith (2011 ebook) and Princess Valerie's War (2011 ebook). The likewise self-published Casanova's Butterfly sequence opening with Bad Penny (2017) deals with erotic exploits facilitated by Time ...

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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