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Caidin, Martin

(1927-1997) US pilot, aerospace specialist and author who wrote over 80 nonfiction books, some for the juvenile market, mostly on aviation and space exploration. These began with Jets, Rockets and Guided Missiles (1950; rev vt Rockets and Missiles 1954) with David C Cooke and continued with such texts as War for the Moon (1959; vt Race for the Moon 1960) and I Am Eagle (1962) with G S Titov, the Soviet astronaut. Caidin's own firm, Martin Caidin Associates, was designed to provide information ...

McCrumb, Sharyn

(1948-    ) US author, in most of whose titles detective plots intersect with fantasy and/or sf material, though her first novel to invoke these genres, Bimbos of the Death Sun (1987), a Recursive Satire set at an sf Convention, does not actually turn into sf, and is the first of the Jay Omega sequence. What is most remarkable about the book, for the sf reader, may be McCrumb's intimate understanding of fans (see Fandom) and writers and their typical interactions, a ...

Columbia Workshop

Radio series (1936-1943; 1946-1947). CBS Radio for CBS Radio Network. Producers included Nila Mack and William N Robson. Directors included Irving Reis (1906-1953), Earle MacGill, Robson, Myron Sattler (?1907-?1981), Nila Mack, others. Staff writers included Stephen Vincent Benét, Richard Hughes, Vic Knight, Reis and Robson. Several hundred 60-minute episodes were produced, some as two-part serials. At least 333 episodes are known to survive. / While this was a general anthology ...

Killiany, Kevin

(?   -    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with a tale Tied to the Star Trek universe, "Personal Log" in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds IV (anth 2001) ed Dean Wesley Smith, John J Ordover and Paula M Block; his two Ties to the MechWarrior subdivision of the Battletech game universe are MechWarrior: Dark Age: Wolf Hunters (2006) and MechWarrior: Dark Age: To Ride the Chimera (2008). [JC]


Film (1970). Sweet Music/Lowndes Productions/United Artists. Written and directed by Val Guest. Cast includes Karl Chambers, Vic Cooper, Roy Dotrice, Olivia Newton-John and Benny Thomas. 95 minutes. Colour. / This is an unsuccessful attempt by producer Harry Saltzman, best known for the James Bond films, to mix pop Music with sf. An embarrassingly made-to-order pop group is kidnapped by Aliens from outer space (who have detected their vibrations) and taken to their planet for the purpose of ...

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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