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Alexander, Holmes

(1906-1985) US columnist and biographer, author of The Spirit of '76: A Political Novel of the Near Future (1966), a Near Future satire on American politics in 1976. [JC]

Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend

Film (1985; vt Dinosaur ... Secret of the Lost Legend). Touchstone Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company), Buena Vista Distribution. Produced by Jonathan T Taplin and Roger Spottiswood. Directed by Bill L Norton (credited as B W L Norton). Written by Clifford and Ellen Greene, based on the juvenile storybook by David Lee Miller. Cast includes William Katt, Patrick McGoohan and Sean Young. 95 minutes. Colour. / Two young married Scientists, George Loomis (Katt) and Susan (Young), are in ...

Rogers, John Rankin

(1838-1901) US politician (Governor of Washington 1897-1901) and author of The Graftons; Or, Looking Forward: A Story of Pioneer Life (1893; vt Looking Forward: The Story of an American Farm 1898), a Utopia structured as a reflection upon Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888). [JC]

O'Mahony, T P

(1939-    ) Irish journalist and author, working in the former capacity 1967-1989 as religious affairs correspondent for The Irish Press. He is of some sf interest for The Vatican Caper (1981), about the assassination of the imaginary Pope Patrick I, and for the more ambitious The Lynch Years: A Political Fantasy (1986), which circumambiates the life of the real Irish politician Jack Lynch (1917-1999) with material evocative of tall-tale Fantastika modestly reminiscent of ...

Cook, Oscar

(1888-1952) UK editor and author, several of his tales of the fantastic being derived from several years in Borneo, "St Urag of the Tail" (July 1926 Weird Tales), an Apes as Human story climaxing in fatal devotions paid to a killer orchid; he is perhaps best known for the nonfiction Borneo: The Stealer of Hearts (1924). Of marginal sf interest is The Seventh Wave (1926), about a Drug-induced cure for a mysterious disease which causes blindness and intense pain; the tale climaxes in scenes of ...

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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