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Meek, S P

(1894-1972) US Army ordnance officer who served in World War One, and author active for about a decade in the US Pulp magazines after the publication of his first story of genre interest, "The Murgatroyd Experiment" for Amazing Stories Quarterly, Winter 1929. Many of his stories are in a series featuring Doctor Bird and Operative Carnes, running from "The Cave of Horror" (January 1930 Astounding) to "Vanishing Gold" (May 1932 Wonder Stories); some of these – including Poisoned Air (March ...

Root, Albert

(1891-?    ) US author and raiser of poultry; his sf novel is Tomorrow's Harvest; or, Death Takes a Holiday (New York: Vantage Press, 1967), described by the author as "God-inspired" (see Religion). [JC/DRL]

Kendall, John

Pseudonym of UK author Margaret Maud Brash (1880-1965), author of historical novels under her own name; Unborn Tomorrow (1933) as John Kendall, is a Dystopia set in a 1995 UK dehumanized and regimented under Communist rule; a revolution ensues. [JE] see also: Politics. /

You Only Live Twice

Film (1967). Eon/United Artists. Directed by Lewis Gilbert. Written by Roald Dahl, based very loosely on You Only Live Twice (1964) by Ian Fleming. Cast includes Sean Connery, Mie Hama, Donald Pleasence, Tetsuro Tamba and Akiko Wakabayashi. 116 minutes. Colour. / Several of Fleming's James Bond novels were Technothrillers, mildly sf-oriented (though set in the present) and sometimes featuring Scientist Villains and super-Weapons. Most of the very popular and long-lasting series of spin-off ...

Staig, Laurence

(1950-    ) UK journalist, teacher and author who has also written Horror as by Christopher Carr, and who began publishing sf with "Hello Hugo" in Twisted Circuits (anth 1987) edited by Mick Gowar, and whose vigorously-told sf and fantasy, usually for Young Adult readers, include The Network (1988), an Urban Fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] in which the London Underground becomes animate, and Dark Toys and Consumer Goods (coll 1989), which includes ...

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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