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Noy, John

(1892-1964) UK author of nautical thrillers, including at least two Children's SF adventures: The Vulture (1927), describing the travails of a young doctor shanghaied into working for pirates in the combined submarine/Airship which is their Invention; and The Pirate Airship (1931), featuring an advanced combination airship/surface ship/submarine. [JC]

Charyn, Jerome

(1937-    ) US author who was born and educated in New York, which city he gradually transformed in his fiction into a Magic-Realist venue whose mythopoeic resonances and exorbitant happenings hover (see Equipoise) at the edge of generic displacements (and beyond), and strongly prefigure the fabulated New York of writers like John Crowley and Mark Helprin. Metropolis: New York as Myth, Marketplace, and Magical Land (1986) powerfully realizes New York in nonfiction terms, ...

Atomic Brain, The

Film (1963; vt Monstrosity; vt The Brain Snatchers). Cinema Ventures/Emerson Film Enterprises. Produced by Dean Dillman Jr and Jack Pollexfen. Directed by Joseph Mascelli and Pollexfen (uncredited). Written by Dillman, Sue Dwiggins, Pollexfen, and Vy Russell. Special effects by Ken Strickfaden. Cast includes Judy Bamber, Marjorie Eaton, Margie Fico, Frank Fowler, Frank Gerstle, Lisa Lang and Erika Peters. Narrator: Bradford Dillman. 64 minutes. Black and white. / Hetty March (Eaton), old, ...

Hot Gossip

Also known as "Sarah Brightman and Hot Gossip". A UK dance troupe, choreographed by Arlene Phillips (1943-    ), who appeared on a number of 1970s British television shows. Their 1978 hit single "I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper", with Sarah Brightman (1960-    ) on lead vocals, was released to cash in on the success of Star Wars (1977). It is a catchy though nonsensical piece of space-disco. [AR]

Jessup, Richard

(1925-1982) US author and screenwriter best known for works like The Cincinnati Kid (1963) who wrote a 1954 episode for the Television series Tom Corbett: Space Cadet, "The Space Projectile" and who may have participated – almost certainly with Joseph Greene – in writing the Tom Corbett, Space Cadet novels as by Carey Rockwell. For discussion see Tom Corbett: Space Cadet. [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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