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Appel, Benjamin

(1907-1977) US author, long and variously active, known mainly for such work outside the sf field as Brain Guy (1934) and The Raw Edge (1958). In his sf novel, The Funhouse (1959; vt The Death Master 1974), satirical (see Satire) and Linguistic sideshows sometimes illuminate the story of two Utopias as the Chief of Police from the anti-technological Reservation is called upon to save a future America (the Computer-dominated Funhouse) from atomic demolition. The Devil and W. Kaspar (1977), a ...

Lamb, Harold

(1892-1962) US author, active from 1917 in Pulp magazines, often in early years writing as H A Lamb; he began publishing action stories in Adventure, beginning with "Khlit", the first of his long Cossack sequence, starring the aged but redoubtable warrior Khlit who featured in many of them; the sequence – comprised of fantastic tales technically nonfantastic solely because Lamb did not set them in an imaginary world, or evoke the supernatural directly – was a strong and acknowledged ...

Malzberg, Barry N

(1939-    ) US author. For about seven years he was extremely prolific in the sf field, very quickly producing some twenty sf novels and over 100 short stories, and much other work; his sf output slowed dramatically towards the end of the 1970s, when he became disenchanted with the genre for reasons explained in his collection of essays The Engines of the Night: Science Fiction in the Eighties (coll 1982; much exp vt Breakfast in the Ruins: Science Fiction in the Last ...

Liu, Ken

English name of Liu Yukun (1976-    ), an American lawyer, computer programmer and author of Chinese ancestry, whose work often focuses on the cultural or Linguistic intersections between the Anglophone and Sinophone worlds. Emigrating to the US as a child, he graduated from Harvard Law School and had his debut with "Carthaginian Rose" (in Empire of Dreams and Miracles: The Phobos Science Fiction Anthology, anth 2002, ed Orson Scott Card and Keith Olexa). It was not, ...

New People, The

US tv series (1969-1970) Thomas/Spelling Productions for Paramount Television ABC TV network. Created by Larry Gordon. Produced by Harold Gast. Directors include Charles S Dubin, Harry Harvey Jr and William Wiard. Scriptwriters include Edwin Blum, Paul Dubov, Gast and Stephen Kandel. Rod Serling was reportedly involved in developing the series concept, and may have written some episodes under unidentified pseudonyms. Cast: Tiffany Bolling, Zooey Hall, David Moses. 17 45-minute episodes. / ...

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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