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Appleby, Ken

Working name of UK author Kenneth Philip Appleby (1953-    ), whose first sf novel, The Voice of Cepheus (1989), presents a clear-voiced, optimistic vision of the consequences of First Contact with an Alien species whose signals have been detected by the young female protagonist and her astronomer boss. [JC]

Land of the Giants

US tv series (1968-1970). An Irwin Allen Production for Twentieth Century Fox TV/ABC. Created by Irwin Allen, also executive producer. Writers included Bob and Esther Mitchell, Bob and Wanda Duncan, Richard Shapiro, Dan Ullman, William Welch. Directors included Harry Harris, Nathan Juran, Sobey Martin, Irwin Allen (1st episode only). Regular cast Gary Conway, Kurt Kasznar, Don Marshall, Heather Young, Don Matheson, Deanna Lund, Stefan Arngrim. Special effects L B Abbott, Art Cruickshank, Emil ...

Pelham, David

(1938-    ) UK illustrator, and art director of Penguin Books 1968-1980. Although his work in sf illustration necessarily took second place to his professional duties at Penguin, he designed some fine covers in that period, notably those for the 1970s Penguin editions of J G Ballard's novels and Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange (1962). He uses the airbrush effectively and his smooth, symbolic, simplified shapes are instantly recognizable; his illustrations would be at ...

Crofton, Francis Blake

(1842-1911) Irish-born librarian and author, in Canada from 1864 (with a decade in the US) until his retirement as librarian of the Nova Scotia provincial legislature 1in 1906 and his subsequent move to England. His nonfiction work in bibliography is of some importance; of his fiction, he is of moderate sf interest for two volumes of Tall Tales [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. The Major's Big-Talk Stories (coll of linked stories 1881) is less exorbitant than Hairbreadth ...

Oliphant, Laurence

(1829-1888) South African-born UK adventurer, diplomat politician and author, well known for nonfiction texts which described his own adventures in Asia, Africa and South America while at the same time advocating solutions to the "problems" he encountered, whether social or military; on more than one occasion these texts were tacitly sponsored by the UK Foreign Office. In 1867, he joined an American Utopian community, the Brotherhood of the New Life, founded by the poet Thomas Lake Harris ...

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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