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Goldsmith, Howard

(1943-    ) US research psychologist and author, mostly for younger readers, whose fiction includes The Whispering Sea (1976); The Shadow, and Other Strange Tales (coll 1977 chap) and Terror by Night, and Other Strange Tales (coll 1977), both was designed for "reluctant readers"; and Invasion: 2200 A.D. (1979). With Roger Elwood he produced the anthology Spine-Chillers: Unforgettable Tales of Terror (anth 1978). [JC]

Rowley, Christopher

(1948-    ) US author whose career began with efficiently written Military SF novels, beginning with the War for Eternity/Fenrille sequence – The War for Eternity (1983), The Black Ship (1985), The Founder (1989) and To a Highland Nation (1993) – which concentrates on warfare within our solar system, though the inhabitants of at least one outlying Space Habitat are involved in interstellar exploration. The Vang sequence – Starhammer (1986), The Vang: The ...

Barnhouse, Perl T

(1877-1964) US farmer and author of a touristic sf novel, My Journeys with Astargo: A Tale of the Past, Present and Future (1952), in which spherical Antigravity-powered Spaceships are built – the initial Pioneerer being replaced by the Astargo – and various planets visited. As Damon Knight noted in In Search of Wonder: Essays on Modern Science Fiction (coll 1956; exp 1967; exp 1996), this "primitive science fiction novel" has strong resemblances to E E Smith's The Skylark of Space ...


Film (1981). Sandler/Emenegger Productions/Gold Key Entertainment. Directed by Bruce Bryant. Screenplay by Bryant and Carol Johnson from a concept by James Castle. Cast includes Christopher Cary, Kristine DeBell, Sandy Kenyon, Carl Lumbly, Jordan Michals, Joe Penny and Neil Ross. 90 minutes. Colour. / In the year 2191, the Whitestar Lines interplanetary Spaceship liner Arcturus is making its maiden run from Earth to Jupiter when the ship's controlling Computer, Main Cerebral (Ross, voice ...

Chetwode, R D

(?   -?   ) UK author, probably pseudonymous, active during the 1890s. The Marble City: Being the Strange Adventures of Three Boys (1895) features a South Pacific Island Lost World whose Aryan-Lemurian inhabitants boast high attainments. Nevertheless the three heroes marooned there soon make their escape, enriched. [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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