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Milligan, Spike

Working name of Indian-born Irish author and comic Terence Alan Milligan (1918-2002), who first became famous for his central role as both principal author and one of the stars of the Radio comedy The Goon Show (initially Crazy People) broadcast on BBC Radio from 1951 to 1960. These episodes generally exhibit surreal rather than science-fictional humour; partial exceptions in the form of explicit sf/fantasy Parodies include "Her" (18 March 1952), spoofing H Rider Haggard's She: A History of ...

Janson, Hank

Initially a personal pseudonym of Stephen Frances but eventually a House Name used by other UK writers for various publishers. Authors writing as Janson included Harry Hobson (1908-1992), Harold Ernest Kelly, James Moffatt, Victor Norwood and Colin Simpson (1914-?   ). Most Janson titles were thrillers; sf novels are listed below. [JC] see also: Adam and Eve. /

Twohy, David

(1955-    ) US filmmaker, sometimes credited as David N Twohy or D T [sic] Twohy, best known for the Riddick series Pitch Black (2000), The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), and The Chronicles of Riddick: Dead Man Stalking (2013), and as one of the two writers actually credited on Waterworld (1995). He also wrote drafts of Alien³ (1992) – where his major contribution was the Prison-planet setting – worked on the screenplay of Impostor (2001) during its expansion ...

Fortune, Margaret

(?   -    ) US author whose Young Adult sf novel, Nova (2015), opens a projected five-book sequence. The young protagonist, suffering Amnesia, must discover her true nature and how to love while restricted to a giant Space Station, where she has arrived after involvement in an interstellar war waged by Earth to gain access to an inhabitable world (see Colonization of Other Worlds). Her refugee status is not emphasized. [JC]

I Was a Teenage Werewolf

Film (1957; vt Blood of the Werewolf). Sunset Productions/American International Pictures. Produced by Herman Cohen. Directed by Gene Fowler, Jr. Written by Cohen and Abel Kandel (credited as Ralph Thornton). Makeup by Phillip Scheer (credited as Philip Scheer). Cast includes Whit Bissell, Michael Landon, Yvonne Lime and Charles Wilcox (credited as Tony Marshall). 76 minutes. Black and white. / As the film begins, quick-tempered teenager Tony Rivers (Landon) is involved in a physical ...

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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