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Perkins, Sheldon

(?   -    ) US author of a Space Opera, Polaris (1979), in which an interstellar Starship representing the America-dominated United Space Alliance, and commanded by an Earth-first captain, finds itself in need of repairs. A mysterious Big Dumb Object, clearly Alien, is then encountered in deep space. [JC]

Taylor, Angus

(1945-    ) Canadian critic and academic; involved in Canadian Fandom from the 1960s through the 1980s; with the Spaced Out Library (now the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy) 1972-1975. He began to publish reviews of genre interest in Moebius Trip Library: Science Fiction Echo 17 for May 1973 (see Moebius Trip). His sharp, socio-political ...

Manfred Mann's Earth Band

Pop group formed in London in 1962 (as "Manfred Mann's Blues Brothers") by South African-born singer-songwriter Manfred Mann (original name Manfred Sepse Lubowitz, 1940-    ). As "Manfred Mann" the group had a series of UK and US chart hits. Mann reinvented the band in 1971 as "Manfred Mann's Earth Band" as a deliberate attempt to leave behind the commercially-determined short pop song format with which he was associated, and instead create longer, more ambitious and ...

Secret of the Loch, The

Film (1934). Wyndham Productions/Ealing Studios. Produced by Bray Wyndham. Directed by Milton Rosmer. Written by Billie Bristow and Charles Bennett. Cast includes Gibson Gowland, Seymour Hicks, Nancy O'Neil and Frederick Peisley. 78 minutes. Black and white. / Eccentric Professor Heggie (Hicks) is determined to prove the existence of the fabled Loch Ness Monster, and with his helper Angus (Gowland) is working on a submersible to explore the ...

Fantastic Metropolis

US cumulative Online Magazine more akin to a website. It ran from 15 October 2001 to 1 January 2006, though the last release was four months late, and though there were regular monthly uploads of fiction and other features these were not in the form of individual issues. It was started by Gabe Chouinard in order to highlight the wider potential of literary science fiction rather than the traditional or commercial material, with an emphasis on urban fiction ...

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 ...

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