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Idle, Eric

(1943-    ) UK comedian, composer, actor, and author of a wide range of comic material, from skits for the famous UK Television series Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969-1974) to the book and libretto for the play Monty Python's Spamalot (2005), and of two novels, the second of which, The Road to Mars: A Post-Modern Novel (1999), is sf featuring an Android scholar in the employ of two twenty-second century comedians working the interplanetary vaudeville circuit known as the ...

Spano, Jr, Charles A

(1948-    ) US author known mainly for an early Tie to the Star Trek universe, Spock, Messiah! (1976) with Theodore R Cogswell. He has also written occasional short fiction, not connected to that universe. [JC]

Bien, H M

(1831-1895) German-born rabbi and author, in the US from an early age; his book of poems, Oriental Legends and Other Poems (coll 1883), contains some fantasy content. Of sf interest is Ben-Beor: A Story of the Anti-Messiah. In Two Divisions (1891; vt Ben-Beor: A Historical Story. In Two Divisions 1892), the first division of which involves a journey to the Moon by Elijah in a fiery chariot, the second of which engages with a version of the Wandering Jew legend. He committed suicide in 1895. ...

Sutton, Felix

(?   -    ) US author whose The City under the Sea: an Ace Cooper Adventure (1961), which may be the first volume of an aborted Young Adult series, mildly depicts a Near Future expedition Under the Sea. Ace Cooper is the hero. [JC]

Prehistoric SF

The late nineteenth-century growth of interest in primal humanity and its forebears (see Anthropology; Apes as Human; Evolution; Origin of Man) led to a broad category of imaginative fiction that might be termed Prehistoric Romance – colourful tales of primitives, freed even from the contemporary Lost-Race story's modest narrative requirement of a plausibly long-lost location which (before the story can properly begin) must be plausibly found. Prehistoric fiction became yoked to sf partly ...

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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