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Summerville, Jenny

(?   -    ) Australian author, the young protagonists of whose Young Adult sf novel, Shields of Trell (1984), play with the controls of their spacebus, and find it is a Starship capable of intergalactic travel. Various perils including a Black Hole are duly encountered. [JC]

Shaw, Larry T

Working name of US author and editor Lawrence Taylor Shaw (1924-1985), an active sf fan from the early 1940s and a member of the Futurians; married to Lee Hoffman 1956-1958. His fanzine Destiny's Child is best remembered for the 1945 issue carrying Damon Knight's critical attack on that year's Astounding serialization of A E van Vogt's The World of Ā (August-October 1945 Astounding; rev 1948). Beginning with "Secret Weapon" for Fantasy Book in 1948 as by Terry Thor, Shaw published some sf ...

Sanders, Lawrence

(1920-1998) US author best known for the Deadly Sin novels (The First Deadly Sin was filmed in 1980) and for the thriller The Anderson Tapes (1970), filmed in 1971. The Tomorrow File (1975) depicts a Near-Future America on a large canvas. At the Dystopian heart of the book can be found the Department of Bliss (Satisfaction Section), whose functions in a jaded country are pejoratively analysed. Of his many remaining books, some – like The Tangent Factor (1978) (from the Peter Tangent ...

X-Files, The

US tv series (1993-2002; 2016-2018). Ten Thirteen Productions in association with 20th Century Television. Created by Chris Carter. Producers include Carter, Kim Manners, Frank Spotnitz, and Rob Bowman. Directors include Carter, Manners, Bowman, and David Nutter. Writers include Carter, Spotnitz, Vince Gilligan, John Shiban, Glen Morgan, Darin Morgan, Howard Gordon, and James Wong. Cast includes David Duchovny as Agent Fox Mulder (seasons 1-7, 10-11), Gillian Anderson as Agent Dana Scully, ...

Magog, H-J

Pseudonym – also written without the hyphen – of French author Henri-Georges Jeanne (1877-1947), primarily of interest for his collaboration with Paul Féval fils [whom see for details] on the Mysteries of Tomorrow sequence beginning with Les Fiancés de l'an 2000 (1922; trans Brian Stableford as The Mysteries of Tomorrow: Volume 1: Fiances of the Year 2000 2020). His other work remains untranslated. [JC]

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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