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Williams, Mark London

(1959-    ) US playwright, journalist and author of whose various work the Young Adult Danger Boy sequence beginning with Ancient Fire (2001) is of sf interest. The young protagonist, son of the inventor whose Invention is a Time Machine, is forced by a combination of Time Travel and portal transfer into an ...

Beauty and the Beast

US tv series (1987-1990). A Witt-Tomas Production for CBS. Created Ron Koslow. Producers Paul Junger Witt, Tony Thomas, Koslow. Writers included George R R Martin, Koslow, Shelly Moore, Linda Campanelli. Directors included Richard Franklin, Gus Trikonis, Ron Perlman. Three seasons, totalling 56 50-minute episodes. Colour. / An urban fairytale, inspired in its make-up design if not in its commitment to magic by Jean Cocteau's film ...

Newton, Julius P

(?   -    ) UK author whose The Forgotten Race (1963; vt The Forgotten Planet 1973) depicts with awkward sincerity the attempts of the inhabitants of Venus and Mars – both survivors of the atomic Holocaust which destroyed the fifth planet – who attempt to dissuade visiting Earthmen from starting ...

Smith, Phil

(?   -    ) UK illustrator and author; of his three sf novels, The Incredible Melting Man (1978) is a Tie to The Incredible Melting Man (1978); The Resurrection Machine (1978) and The Saxonbury Printout (1979) both play with cosmic themes: resurrection and time-space confusions. [JC]

Crawford, Theron Clark

(1849-1925) US entrepreneur (involved with various Buffalo Bill enterprises), journalist and (apparently) Theosophist (see Theosophy), active circa 1885-1925; from about 1898 he was based mainly in London. The protagonist of A Man and His Soul: An Occult Romance of Washington Life (1894) finds himself semi-occultly able to glimpse the future of America, a quasi-Utopia dominated by advances in technology. The title ...

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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