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Sturgeon, Theodore

(1918-1985) Working name of US author born Edward Hamilton Waldo in New York City, later adopting his stepfather's surname and taking on a new first name; Argyll (1993 chap) prints a long anguished letter Sturgeon wrote to his stepfather, plus an autobiographical essay from 1965, both of which more than confirm the hints of emotional turmoil implied by these name changes; partner of Jayne Tannehill 1976-1985. Certainly Sturgeon early suffered or entered into several exiles: illness cut him off ...

Rath, E J

Joint pseudonym of authors Chauncey Corey Brainerd (1874-1922) and Edith Rathbone Jacobs Brainerd (1885-1922), a married couple who died simultaneously when the Knickerbocker Theatre roof collapsed onto them. In the Near Future The Sixth Speed (1910) a disgruntled inventor applies his Invention – a yacht capable of carrying a substantial cargo at 120mph indefinitely – to piracy on the high seas, but is eventually dissuaded from this course. "A Flight to Freedom" (May 1912 Munsey's ...


Danish film (1918; vt A Trip to Mars; vt A Ship to Heaven; vt 400 Million Miles from Earth). Nordisk Films. Directed by Holger-Madsen. Written by Sophus Michaelis and Ole Olsen, based on a novel of the same title by Michaelis. Cast includes Philip Bech, Alf Blutecher, Frederik Jacobsen, Lilly Jacobson, Svend Kornbech, Nicolai Neiiendam, Zanny Petersen and Gunnar Tolnaes. 81 minutes. Black and white. / Seeking a new challenge, sea captain Avanti Planetaros (Tolnaes) resolves to work with ...

Ginga Uchū Odyssey

["Galaxy Space Odyssey"] Japanese tv series (1990). NHK Productions. Directed by [not known]. Written by [not known]. Eight 60-minute episodes, plus one special and two omnibus editions, the latter also listed as "specials" in most sources. Colour. / A Space Documentary series, presented as the voyage of a fictional Spaceship, the Helios, interspersed with talking-head footage from the leading astronomers of the day. Intended as a testing ground for new HDTV cameras, photographing real ...

Crawford, Ned

(?   -    ) UK author whose Naming the Animals: A Haunting (1980) congestedly depicts a rather mild Dystopian future, out of which, freighted in symbol, the protagonist of the book ambivalently imagines a new Eden. [JC]

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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