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Boston, Bruce

(1943-    ) US poet (see Poetry) and prose author whose early work tended to the surreal, but who began – with stories like "Break" for New Worlds 7 (anth 1974) edited by Hilary Bailey and Charles Platt – to invoke fantasy and sf themes. His early poetry – much of it not genre at all, and almost all of it couched in a classically lucid voice ...


A term which recognizes the renewed interest in Pulp fiction magazines and characters long after the pulp era had finished. To some extent one might argue that this began even before the end of the pulps. The last sf pulp magazine, Science Fiction Quarterly appeared at the end of 1957 (issue dated February 1958), and it had been clear for the last three or four years that the pulps were a dying breed, being superseded by ...

Gear, Kathleen O'Neal

(1954-    ) US author with extensive training in American prehistory; married to W Michael Gear from 1982. Her first sf, the Powers of Light trilogy – An Abyss of Light (1990), Treasure of Light (1991) and Redemption of Light (1991) – was published as by Kathleen M O'Neal. With an occasionally oppressive relentlessness about the moral and theological issues involved, it presents ...

Papadopoulos, George

(1928-    ) Greek author, of whom nothing is known beyond his publication of two sf novels, The Last Dynasty of the Angels (1998) and Breaking the Barriers of Time (1999), each translated by Charles Moore from unidentified originals. [JC]

Planet of the Apes

1. Film (1968). Apjac/Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by Franklin J Schaffner. Written by Michael Wilson, Rod Serling, based on La planète des singes (1963; trans as Planet of the Apes 1963) by Pierre Boulle. Cast includes Maurice Evans, Charlton Heston, Kim Hunter, Roddy McDowall and James Whitmore. 112 minutes. Colour. / Astronauts crashland on a planet where intelligent ...

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 ...

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