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Lost Missile, The

Film (1958). William Berke Productions, Inc/United Artists. Produced by William A Berke and Leo Gordon. Directed by Lester William Berke. Written by Jerome Bixby, and John McPartland from an original story by Lester William Berke. Special effects by Jack Glass. Cast includes Robert Loggia, Ellen Parker and Phillip Pine. Narrator: Lawrence Dobkin. 70 minutes. Black and white. / An unidentified missile or missile-like object is detected in near-Earth orbit, with strongly implications of ...

Osborn, Christopher

(?   -    ) UK concert pianist, teacher and author whose first novel, A Sense of Touch (1989), is nonfantastic; his second, Unbound (2017), sensitively depicts a molecular biologist's unrelenting search for Immortality through Drugs, during the course of which he becomes addicted to a drug known as Telos, which treats ageing as an auto-immune disorder. A Near Future epilogue extols his scientific efforts, which have proven successful, though not in time to ...

Hamlin, V T

(1900-1993) US Comics writer and artist who created the Alley Oop (which see) comic strip in 1932, initially as Prehistoric SF but later ranging much more widely via Time Travel, beginning with Alley Oop: The First Time Travel Adventure (6 March 1939-23 March 1940 Alley Oop; graph 2013); there is even a trip to the Moon in Alley Oop: Daily Strips from August 31, 1948 to November 9, 1949 (graph coll 1995). Earlier, several pre-World War Two book-length tales of Alley Oop appeared, either in the ...

Hader, Berta

(1890-1976) US illustrator and author, born in Mexico of American parents in transit, whose copious work, in collaboration with her husband, includes one Young Adult sf tale, The Skyrocket (1946) with Elmer Hader, though it may be the case that the Rocket in question is fuelled by Magic. [JC]

Anthony, Piers

Working name of US author Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob (1934-    ) for all his published work. Born in England, he was educated in the USA and took out US citizenship in 1958, beginning to publish short stories with "Possible to Rue" for Fantastic in April 1963, and for the next decade appearing fairly frequently in the magazines, though he has more and more concentrated on longer forms; early work is fairly represented in Anthonology (coll 1985). He has written large ...

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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