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Clarke, Arthur C

(1917-2008) UK author, resident in Sri Lanka from 1956 until his death. Born in Minehead, Somerset, after leaving school Clarke came to London in 1936 to work as a civil-servant auditor with HM Exchequer. He was active in fan circles before World War Two, through which he served (1941-1946) as a radar instructor with the RAF, rising to the rank of flight-lieutenant. After the War he entered King's College, London, in 1948 taking his BSc in physics and mathematics. / Clarke's strong ...

New Writings in SF

Original-Anthology series begun in 1964 by John Carnell after he relinquished the editorship of New Worlds and Science Fantasy, though planned several months before he announced his departure, when Carnell believed the day of the fiction magazine was over in Britain and the future was in the paperback book. The UK paperback editions (all published by Corgi) sometimes preceded hardcover publication, and in the case of #30, the last in the series, there was no hardcover. The hardcover editions ...

Savchenko, Vladimir

(1933-2005) Russian electronics engineer and author who began as an author of short stories in the 1950s, publishing Chernye zvezdy: nauchno-fantasticheskii povest ["Dark Stars"] (coll 1960) and contributing to anthologies. His most famous novel, Otkrytiie Sebia: nauchno-fantasticheskii roman (1967; trans Antonina W Bouis as Self-Discovery 1979), depicts in unclichéd terms the scientific development of a Superman. Later stories, comparable with the metaphysical parables of Stanisław ...

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace

Film (1999). A Lucasfilm Ltd Production. Directed by George Lucas. Written by Lucas. Cast includes Jake Lloyd, Ian McDiarmid, Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson and Natalie Portman. 133 minutes. Colour. / Although the work of a man in his fifties, The Phantom Menace is the most juvenile of the Star Wars films. The opening film in a prequel trilogy, the movie suffers from being a first act. Characters are introduced, future events are foreshadowed, but very little actually happens. The Phantom ...

Bell, Neal

(?   -    ) US author whose sf novel Gone to be Snakes Now (1974), set initially in an isolated Keep in a Ruined Earth America, traces events after the Mutant-haunted, Sex-irradiated wilderness beyond the walls is entered. [JC]

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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