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Silent History, The

App (2012) and novel (2014). Written by Eli Horowitz, Kevin Moffett, Matthew Derby. App development: Russell Quinn. / In a recognizable near-present (identified in both formats as commencing in 2011), a generation of Children are born lacking any facility for speech or, by extension, Communication of any kind. Initially sporadic accounts of their intrusion into society gradually give way to an increasingly ...

Super Force

US tv series (1990-1992). Premiere/Viacom Enterprises. Syndicated. Created by James J McNamara. Produced by Michael Attanasio, Roderick Taylor. Directors included Sidney Hayers, Tom DeSimone, Russ Mayberry. Writers included Jeffrey Mandel, Bruce A Taylor, Janis Hendler. Cast includes Patrick Macnee, Ken Olandt and Larry B Scott. One two-hour pilot film plus 44 30-minute episodes. Colour. / 2020. Astronaut Zachary Stone (Olandt) returns from a successful Mars ...

Phillips, Alexander M

(1907-1991) US author and long-time sf fan, based in Philadelphia, who wrote a small body of science fiction, fantasy and nonfiction. He was a technical writer and draughtsman as well as an amateur naturalist and photographer. His first professionally published story was "The Death of the Moon" (February 1929 Amazing), in which advanced Aliens from the Moon attempt to conquer Earth in the ...

Washington, S H L

(1910-?   ) UK author of works of family history whose first publication, on the title page of which he is stated to be thirteen, is The Temple of Mystery: A Tale of Adventure (1924), a Lost Race tale with clear echoes of H Rider Haggard, set in a city occupied by ancient Egyptians which may contain prehistoric beasts. [JC]

Washburn, Mark

(1948-    ) US author of The Armageddon Game: A Novel of Suspense (1977), a Cold War tale whose protagonist manufactures an atom bomb, the threatened outcome, World War Two, being narrowly averted; this title should not be confused with the entirely nonfantastic The Armageddon Game (1985) by James N Frey. The Omega Threat (1980), is set ...

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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