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Alton, Andrea I

(1946-    ) US author whose Demon of Undoing (1988), set on a planet dominated by a cat-like Alien civilization, describes the initially uneasy but ultimately effective rapport between a crippled member of Clan Fen and the human Sig, a surviving member of an expedition whose long-ago impact on the rigidly honour-bound stratified Inkairans had been destabilizing, and who are now remembered as the Demons of Undoing. Sig soon demonstrates how wit can trump brawn. / Alton ...

Surface

US tv series (2005-2006). Rock Fish Productions/NBC Universal Television for NBC-TV. Created by Jonas and Josh Pate. Produced by Ed Milkovich, Joy Beattie, Dan Dworkin and Darcy Meyers. Directors included Jeffrey Reiner, John Behring and Bill Eagles. Writers included Beattie, Dworkin and Chip Johannessen. Cast includes Lake Bell, Jay R Ferguson, Eddie Hassell, Carter Jenkins, Leighton Meester and Rade Šerbedžija. 14 43-minute episodes. Colour. / Oceanographer Laura Daughtery ...

McCarry, Charles

(1930-2019) US government agent and author, best known for the Paul Christopher series of intermittently Near Future political thrillers beginning with The Miernik Dossier (1973). McCarry's grave acuity, and his extensive knowledge of the workings of intelligence agencies like the CIA (his employer for a decade or more), have given rise to comparisons with the work of John Le Carré (1931-2020), though he did not share the saeva indignatio that marked the latter's old age. Though most of ...

Margrie, William

(1877-1960) UK philosopher and author whose Near Future tale, The Story of a Great Experiment: How England Produced the First Superman (1927), dramatizes his conviction that strictly applied Eugenics was required for the Evolution of the human race; unfortunately for women, their central role is to breed better men. A Capitalist Utopia: A Message for Workers, Politicians, and Employers (1929) is a thinly fictionalized reiteration of the same principles; the earlier The Mighty Heart; A Survey of ...

Dearmer, Geoffrey

(1893-1996) UK author, and a World War One poet of some note, his best early work being collected in Poems (coll 1918 chap), which he much later reassembled, with later material, as A Pilgrim's Song (coll 1993). He is now also remembered for his work (1936-1950) as an Examiner of Plays (which is to say censor) for the Lord Chancellor's Office, and for an incident in 1942, when he thought he heard the word "bugger" spoken in a Terence Rattigan play, though no one else could; after intensive ...

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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