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Binkley, Ric

(1921-1968) American artist. Little is known about this artist except that he began painting covers for books from Fantasy Press and Gnome Press in 1950, worked steadily for several years for those publishers and for Avalon Books, and then became inactive; he died at a relatively early age. Of the several Richard Binkleys found in genealogical databases, the one born in 1921 is almost certainly the artist since the records ...

McNeilly, Wilfred Glassford

(1921-1983) Scottish author of numerous novels and stories under a variety of names as well as several 1960s nonfantastic titles under his own name; there has not yet been established a reliable list of titles by McNeilly under various pseudonyms and House Names. He achieved some minor notoriety when he claimed in print to have written all the work published under the byline W Howard Baker – actually McNeilly's editor on ...

Cobban, J MacLaren

(1849-1903) UK author, of some interest for Master of His Fate (October-December 1889 Blackwood's Magazine; 1890), whose protagonist, tortured by the need vampirically to drain the life energy of others to maintain his own Immortality, confesses all to an expert in the field of animal magnetism; and then – convulsively aged into an old man, as always happens before he feeds – kills himself. The Tyrants of Kool-Sim ...

O'Brien, Caragh M

(?   -    ) US author whose Young Adult Birthmarked Trilogy, comprising Birthmarked (2010), Prized (2011) and Promised (2012), begins in a Near Future American Dystopia where women, treated as obscenely fruitful breeders, are retained in oppressive Keeps. [JC]

Man with the Power, The

Made-for-tv film (1977). Universal Television for NBC-TV. Produced by Allan Baltar and Rod Holcombe. Directed by Nicholas Sgarro. Written by Baltar. Cast includes Persis Khambatta, Bob Neil and Tim O'Connor. 93 minutes. Colour. / US government agent Walter Bloom (O'Connor) recruits Eric Smith (Neil) to help foil an assassination plot against the visiting Indian princess Siri (Khambatta). Smith's father, it is revealed, was actually an Alien from an ...

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 ...



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