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Penmare, William

Pseudonym of UK author Mavis Elizabeth Hocking Nisot (1893-1973) which she used for two of her novels, the second, The Man Who Could Stop War (1929), being a Near Future tale in which the Invention of an immobilizing gas helps thwart a Russian Invasion. [JC]

Beaumont, Charles

(1929-1967) US scriptwriter and author, who was born Charles Leroy Nutt but legally changed his name to Charles Beaumont; he wrote some non-sf, mostly under other names, including Run from the Hunter (1957) with John Tomerlin writing together as Keith Grantland, a thriller about a man on the run after being falsely convicted of murder; this inspired the television series The Fugitive (1963-1967) and its follow-on versions; it was reissued in 2012 under the Beaumont and Tomerlin bylines. The ...

Morgan, Chris

(1946-    ) UK editor, critic and author who after several appearances in the Amateur Magazines SFinx (from 1969) and Macrocosm (in 1972) began to publish sf professionally with "Clown Fish and Anemone" for Science Fiction Monthly in April 1975. His fiction is generally unexceptional, though some stories – such as "Losing Control" (in Other Edens III, anth 1989, ed Christopher Evans and Robert Holdstock), about the crew of a crashed Starship who survive by means of ...

Eastwick, James

(1850-1939) UK author, tentatively identified as the solicitor (later barrister) whose birth and death appear below. He published one work of sf interest, The New Centurion: A Tale of Automatic War (September-October 1895 Longman's Magazine; 1895 chap), which argues in a thinly fictionalized Near Future frame that naval contests in any Future War will be determined by technologies enabling the remote control of gunnery. As earlier expounded in his "Possible Developments in Naval Armament" ...

Incredible Science Fiction

Letter-size Cinema-focused Media Magazine printed on newsprint-quality paper with some glossy pages included. One issue only, August 1978. Tandem Publications. Editor: Irv Karchmer. / Intended as a companion to Science Fantasy Film Classics, this handsomely-produced title never made it past the debut issue. Much of this issue was devoted to The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), including a fold-out poster of the famous "gill-man" Monster. Among the other films covered were Five Million ...

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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