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Groundstar Conspiracy, The

Film (1972; vt The Alien). Hal Roach Studios/Universal Pictures. Produced by Hal Roach Jr and Trevor Wallace. Directed by Lamont Johnson. Screenplay by Douglas Heyes (credited as Michael Howard), loosely based on The Alien (1968; vt The Groundstar Conspiracy 1972) by L P Davies (credited as Leslie P Davies). Cast includes Christine Belford, George Peppard and Michael Sarrazin. 103 minutes. Colour. / John David Welles (Sarrazin) attempts to steal Rocket booster secrets from the Groundstar ...

Westall, William

(1835-1903) UK author and journalist, resident for much of his life in Switzerland, where he served as foreign correspondent for The Times of London; he also travelled in South America and elsewhere. The explorer protagonist of The Phantom City: A Volcanic Romance (1886) travels by Balloon to a Lost-World race of Incans hidden in a Guatemalan volcano, where they maintain a pre-Conquest level of civilization. A Queer Race: The Story of a Strange People (1887) is set on an Island populated by a ...

Balfour, Bruce

(?1958-    ) US Comics author, computer games designer from the 1980s, and author who began publishing fiction of genre interest with "Thunder Pigeon" for Fantasy Book in June 1985. In comics, he is perhaps best known for Jack the Ripper (October 1989-February 1990 Eternity Comics; graph 1990) illustrated Paul Mendoza, and for writing Keith Laumer's Retief (December 1989-October 1990 Adventure Comics), which is based on the Keith Laumer series Retief. His first novel, Star ...

Ellanby, Boyd

Joint pseudonym of Lyle Gifford Boyd (1907-1982) and her husband William Clouser Boyd (1903-1983), the latter a professor of immunochemistry at Boston University, Massachusetts. They began to publish work of genre interest with Category Phoenix (May 1952 Galaxy; 2010 ebook), continuing to a total of fourteen stories in various contemporary SF Magazines until 1958, as well as a small number of essays for such magazines 1958-1959. The Star Lord (June 1953 Imagination; 2010 ebook) interestingly ...

Sakers, Don

(1958-2021) Japanese-born reviewer and author, in USA from an early age, who began publishing sf with "Gamester" for Questar in 1981; his short work appeared in various magazines through the 1980s, and he published occasional fiction in the twenty-first century; as a reviewer, he published more than a hundred columns as regular reviewer of the Reference Library series for Analog, beginning with a guest appearance in the March 2009 issue. Much of his fiction has been contributed to the loose ...

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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