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Todd, G X

(?   -    ) UK librarian and author who is of sf interest for The Voices sequence beginning with The Defender (2017), set in a Near Future Disaster-riven massively depopulated America whose survivors, haunted by imperative voices in their heads, begin to behave in an atavistically "pre-conscious" manner, specifically linked by Todd to Julian ...

Bomba Films

A series of twelve Jungle Movies [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] starring Johnny Sheffield, who had played, alongside Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan, the part of Tarzan's adopted son Boy in eight of the Tarzan Films; the character came from the Bomba the Jungle Boy series of twenty books written by John William ...

Authentic Science Fiction

UK magazine. 85 issues, 1 January 1951 to October 1957, published by Hamilton & Co, Stafford, fortnightly to #8 then monthly, issues numbered consecutively, no volume numbers; edited by L G Holmes (Gordon Landsborough) (January 1951-November 1952), H J Campbell (December 1952-January 1956) and E C Tubb (February 1956-October 1957). Pocketbook-size January 1951-February 1957, Digest-size March-October ...

Pierce, John R

(1910-2002) US scientist, musician and author, father of the sf critic John J Pierce. As scientist he was employed by Bell Telephone Laboratories from 1936 to 1971, becoming Director of Electronics Research 1952-1958 and Research Director of Communications Principles from 1958, working intimately at the forefront of communications research and development; in early 1948 he coined the term "transistor", which had been developed at Bell Labs. Between 1971 and ...

Leyton, E K

A House Name of the London publishing imprint W H Allen/Star, used for reprinted novelizations of classic Universal horror films – two by Ramsey Campbell and one by Walter Harris – previously published in the USA under the Berkley Medallion house name Carl Dreadstone. [DRL]

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 ...



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