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Sarti, Ron

(?   -    ) US academic and author of The Chronicles of Scar sequence, comprising The Chronicles of Scar (1996), Legacy of the Ancients (1997) and The Lanterns of God (1998); set in a balkanized Ruined Earth version of America, the tale is constructed along lines familiar in contemporary fantasy, for the young protagonist, the eponymous Scar, is a Hidden Monarch (see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below). The first volume can also be read as an ...

Tanner, Mack

(1937-    ) US author perhaps best known for his nonfiction advocacy of an armed America, Armed-Citizen Solution to Crime in the Streets: So Many Criminals, So Few Bullets (1995). In his Target series of thrillers, Target: Intruder (1990) features an ancient deepsea Monster and its assault on American warships. [JC]

Belove, B

(1880-1969) Russian-born physician and author, seemingly in US from an early age. His only novel, The Split Atom: Last Human Pair on Earth, the Whirling of Ideas (1946), presents an allegorical vision of the course of human and divine history, as told to a new godling by its parents; after various rewritings of history, and disquisitions on unrelated topics, the tale climaxes in the nuclear destruction of Earth (see End of the World), with the exception of a dislodged fragment, an enclave where ...

Davidson, John

(1857-1909) Scottish schoolteacher, poet, playwright and author, best known in the first capacity for his Fleet Street Eclogues (coll 1893 chap); though not specifically fantastic, his intensely urban poetry, much of which focuses on science and technology from an almost mystical point of view, had a shaping influence now forgotten. Some tales, like Perfervid: The Career of Ninian Jamieson (1890), contain unfocused elements of the fantastic, partly through spoof exaggerations of social comedy. ...

Secret World of Alex Mack, The

US tv series (1994-1998; vt Alex Mack). Lynch Entertainment for the Nickelodeon Network. Created by Ken Lipman and Tommy Lynch. Produced by Lipman, Sean McNamara and Douglas Yellin. Directors included Paul Hoen, Allison Liddi-Brown, and Shawn Levy. Writers included Kati Rocky, Matt Dearborn, Neil Landau and Christine Eckland. Cast includes Meredith Bishop, Michael Blakley, Louan Gideon, Dorian Lopinto, Darris Love, John Marzilli and Larisa Oleynik. 78 22-minute to 25-minute episodes. Colour. / ...

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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