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Page, Thomas

(1942-    ) US author whose first novel was The Hephaestus Plague (1973), filmed as Bug (1975), a tale which starts strongly, with vivid descriptions of the effect of an irruption from Underground of a new species of beetle capable of emitting fire, but which weakens when it begins to deal with a Scientist who becomes overfascinated with these beetles, which seem to comprise a Hive Mind. His later novels – The Spirit (1977), about the appearance of an ominous Bigfoot ...

Cozzens, James Gould

(1903-1978) US author, best known for his novels of contemporary American life, including Guard of Honor (1948), for which he won the Pulitzer Prize, and By Love Possessed (1957), which brought him considerable fame. One of the passengers in the doomed liner (see Ship of Fools) that gives its name to S S San Pedro (August 1930 Scribner's Magazine; 1931) is a malign doctor, a Mysterious Stranger who is an unmistakable allegorical representation of Death; he jumps ship. A second short novel, ...

Bidmead, Christopher H

(1941-    ) UK scriptwriter and novelizer for the Doctor Who enterprise; his titles are Doctor Who: Logopolis (1982), Doctor Who: Castrovalva (1983) and Doctor Who: Frontios (1984). Bidmead was script editor for Doctor Who's 1981-1982 season, succeeding Douglas Adams. [JC/GS]


US monthly nonfiction magazine about sf (and fantasy) in the media, largely films and television, founded 1976, current; small-Bedsheet, saddle-stapled; publishers included O'Quinn Studios, Starlog Communications, New York, and The Brooklyn Company; editors have included Howard Zimmerman and David McDonnell. / This magazine aimed at the juvenile market was for many years a success (with a circulation of around quarter of a million), and generated spin-off books and posters plus various ...

Barlowe, Wayne Douglas

(1958-    ) US illustrator whose successful Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials (graph 1979), in collaboration with Ian Summers and Beth Meacham (who wrote the text), was published when he was twenty-one, only two years after he had made his first sale, a cover for Cosmos. The book featured Barlowe's excellent paintings of many of sf's best-known attempts to depict Aliens. The son of natural-history artists Sy and Dorothea Barlowe, he has a talent for creating believable ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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