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Brown, Eric

(1960-2023) UK author who began publishing sf – after a children's play, Noel's Ark (1982 chap) – with "Krash-Bangg Joe and the Pineal-Zen Equation" for Interzone in Autumn 1987; like several further tales assembled in The Time-Lapsed Man and Other Stories (coll 1990), it is set in a future world dominated by the effects of bio-engineering and dense with information. This marriage of Cordwainer ...

Ariel: The Book of Fantasy

Large-letter-size US magazine/anthology (12 x 9 in; about 305 x 230 mm), only the first issue (Autumn 1976) of which is unequivocally designated a magazine, and was made up almost exclusively of original material; the three remaining issues or volumes (1977, April and October 1978) typically presented reprint stories with new illustrations. All four were edited by Thomas Durwood. Ariel was lavishly produced on glossy paper, emphasizing fantastic art and ...

Night Man

US tv series (1997-1999; vt NightMan). Syndicated. Glen A Larson Production/Alliance Atlantic Communications. Character created by Steve Englehart. Developed for television by Glen A Larson. Produced by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, Janet Curtis-Larson, Scott Thomas. Directors included Allan Eastman, Robert Monica and George Mendeluk. Writers included Englehart, D G Larson and Steven Kriozere. Cast includes Jayne Heitmeyer, Earl Holliman, Derwin ...


The first serious Canadian sf work was James de Mille's posthumously published A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder (1888). In this Utopian satire, set in a Lost World, Western values are inverted (criminals are regarded as diseased, the ill are imprisoned, dying is deemed more desirable than living). Successors of De Mille were Grant Allen and ...

Ruth, Rod

(1912-1987) Working name of American artist Rodney Ruth. After growing up in a rustic area near Lake Michigan, which inspired a lifelong devotion to nature, Ruth moved to Chicago to receive artistic training at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, the Frederick Mizen School of Arts, and the Institute of Design. Some freelance work eventually led to regular employment as a staff artist for the Chicago-based Ziff-Davis magazines, which included the sf magazines ...

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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