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O'Keefe, Claudia

(1958-    ) US author, the hero of whose first sf novel, Black Snow Days (1990), has been Genetically Engineered by his mother to reawaken, ten years after his fatal car crash, into a Post-Holocaust environment he is intended to redeem; the novel rather confusedly puts him through a long quest sequence for a McGuffin Hidden Base which contains the answers to questions he resents having to ask. O'Keefe has also edited Ghosttide (anth 1993), mostly originals. [JC]

Scott, Harper

(?   -    ) US author whose sf novel, How I Helped the Chicago Cubs (Finally!) Win the World Series (2005), is a Baseball tale in which two frustrated Chicago Cubs fans in 2160 use a Time Machine to abduct two real players (Joe Tinker and Orval Overall) from the team that helped the Cubs win their only World Series in 1908, hoping their insertion into the twenty-second century team will work a miracle. The comedy is broad. [JC]

Miller, Joseph D

(?   -    ) US associate professor in the Department of Cell and Neurobiology at the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, former NASA space shuttle project director 1982-1987, and scholar of sf who began to publish criticism of genre interest with "Parallel Universes: Fantasy or Science Fiction?" in the Eaton Conference Papers volume Intersections: Fantasy and Science Fiction (anth 1987) edited by George E Slusser and Eric S Rabkin. He has ...

Lights Out

US tv series (1946-1952). Sponsored by the Admiral Corporation, others, for NBC-TV. Produced by Arch Oboler, Herbert B Swope Jr and Ernest Walling. Directors included William Corrigan, Kingman T Moore, Grey Lockwood and Delbert Mann. Writers included Fred Coe, George Leffert, Ernst Kinroy and A J Russell. Narrators: Jack La Rue, Frank Gallop. 160 30-minute episodes. Black and white. / This anthology series was among the first regular Television series to air after World War Two, and was ...

Inklings, The

Oxford University-based reading circle and discussion group, active from the early 1930s to 1949, which encouraged the writing of Fantasy. Its best known members are C S Lewis, J R R Tolkien and Charles Williams; others with entries in this encyclopedia are Owen Barfield and Roger Lancelyn Green. E R Eddison was twice a guest of the Inklings. Works in progress read to and discussed at Inklings gatherings included portions of Lewis's sf Out of the Silent Planet (1938), Tolkien's The Lord of the ...

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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