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Faber, Geoffrey

(1889-1961) UK publisher, founder of the London firm which bears his name; author of an in effect self-published Lost Race novel, Elnovia: An Entertainment for Novel-Readers (1925), in which the eponymous inhabited flying Island is discovered by an advanced aeroplane (see Transportation). The Utopian pretensions of the islanders are treated mockingly. [JC]

Matiushin, Mikhail

(1861-1934) Russian Futurist artist and composer. The music he composed for the avant-garde opera Pobieda iad sopitsem ["Victory over the Sun"] (1921) has mostly been lost, although both the libretto (by Aleksei Kruchenykh, 1886-1968, in the invented language "Zaum") and accounts of the original performances remain. The narrative of the opera concerns a group of astronauts who wage war upon the Sun, destroying and burying it in order to release a new, open-ended reality. The last image on stage ...

Pierce, Jack P

(1889-1968) Greek-born Cinema make-up effects pioneer who emigrated to the USA at around the turn of the twentieth century. He went into film work in the 1910s, moving from one position to another: assistant cameraman, stuntman, even acting itself at Fox Studios in the 1920s before beginning to create make-up effects. Pierce was hired by Universal Studios in 1928 as head of their make-up department. From 1930 to 1947, he created some of the most memorable Monster make-up designs seen in the US ...

Rothenberg, Alan B

(1907-1977) US psychoanalyst and author of The Mind Reader (1956), a mild sf Satire featuring a Telepath analyst who takes advantage of his power to treat patients. [JC]


UK tv series (1970-1973). Century 21 Pictures Ltd Production/ITC. Created Gerry and Sylvia Anderson with Reg Hill. Executive producer Gerry Anderson. Produced by Reg Hill. Script editor Tony Barwick. Directors included Anderson, David Tomblin, Alan Perry, Dave Lane, Ken Turner. Writers included Barwick, Tomblin. Special effects Derek Meddings. 26 50-minute episodes. Colour. / Before this series the Andersons had been best known for their sf television puppet series, such as Thunderbirds. In ...

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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