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Dragt, Tonke

Working name of Dutch East Indies-born illustrator and author Antonia Johanna Dragt (1930-    ), in The Netherlands after 1945; most of her work, much of it sf or fantasy, is designed for Young Adult readers, including her best known work, the Dragonaut series including De brief voor de koning ["The Letter for the King"] (1962) and Geheimen van het Wilde Woud ["Secrets of the Wild Wood"] (1965), a fantasy with a notable focus on issues of duty and honour. De torens van ...

Sweven, Godfrey

Pseudonym of UK-born author and academic John Macmillan Brown (1845-1935), in New Zealand from 1874, Chancellor of the University of New Zealand from 1923 until his death. Both his fiction and his nonfiction deal almost exclusively with New Zealand and the South Pacific. Of sf interest is the two-part Limanora sequence published as Riallaro: The Archipelago of Exiles (1901) and Limanora: The Island of Progress (1903; rev 1931), in which an ethereal man with artificial wings (see Flying) is shot ...

Quatermass Experiment, The

UK tv serial (1953). BBC TV. Produced and directed by Rudolph Cartier. Written Nigel Kneale. Cast includes Ian Colin, Isabel Dean, Hugh Kelly, Duncan Lamont, Reginald Tate and Paul Whitsun-Jones. Six 30-minute episodes. Black and white. / Only two episodes of The Quatermass Experiment have survived, as in its very early days the BBC rarely filmed dramatic presentations, and for budget considerations ceased doing so in this instance for the remaining four episodes (with technical advances, ...

Stone, Dave

(1964-    ) UK Comics writer and author, initially active in the Judge Dredd universe, his novels for that enterprise, which begin with Judge Dredd: Deathmasques (1993), being set primarily in the vast Dystopian City known as Brit-Cit. He has subsequently been occupied almost exclusively with the production of Ties for the Doctor Who universe, beginning with Sky Pirates! (1995) in the Doctor Who New Adventures sub-series. Perhaps as a consequence of his temporary liberation ...

Amosov, N

(1913-2002) Russian surgeon – a pioneer of open-heart surgery in the Soviet Union – and author. In his sf novel Zapiski iz budushchego (1965 Nauka i Zhizn; 1967; trans George St George as Notes from the Future 1970 US as by N Amosoff) a frozen sleeper awakens to 1991 (see Sleeper Awakes), where he is cured of leukaemia and reflects somewhat heavily upon the nature of the world of 1991 he has come into, where Immortality has become a possibility. [JC] see also: Cryonics. /

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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