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Twiford, William Richard

(?   -?   ) US author of one sf novel, Sown in the Darkness: A D 2000 (1941), which depicts the Near Future as a time of constant War and decline; the author's presumption (see Race in SF) that the white peoples of the world must arm themselves against a "rising tide of color" may have some part in the disappearance of his tale of dreadful warning, despite Twiford's ...

Conventions

One of the principal features of sf Fandom, conventions are typically weekend gatherings of fans and authors, almost invariably with a programme of sf discussion and events. In Fan Language conventions are usually referred to as cons; "relaxacons" are social gatherings with light-hearted programming or none at all. Traditional conventions rooted in old-style fandom are informal, not professionally organized, and without delegated ...

Hall, Hal W

(1941-    ) US bibliographer, Special Formats Librarian at Texas A & M University Library until his retirement in August 2010. His useful series of Bibliographies began with his SFBRI/Science Fiction Book Review Index, starting with SFBRI: Science Fiction Book Review Index, Volume 1, 1970 (1971 chap), with an annual continuation published in each succeeding year up to ...

Q.E.D.

US/UK tv series (1982; vt Mastermind UK). CBS Television Productions for CBS-TV (US), Channel 4 (UK). Created by John Hawkesworth. Produced by Christopher Neame. Directors included Roy Ward Baker, Henry Herbert, and Don Sharp. Writers included William Froug, David Karp and Robert Schlitt. Cast includes Julian Glover, George Innes, Jenny Martin and Sam Waterson. Six 60-minute episodes. Colour. / In 1912 London, ...

Prospero, Peter

Pseudonym, likely used by US editor and author Nathan Covington Brooks (1809-1898) for the novel-length sf tale, "The Atlantis: A Southern World" [for full title see Checklist] (September 1838-June 1839 American Museum of Science, Literature, and the Arts), the first four chapters of which appeared in The Man Who Called Himself Poe (anth 1969) edited by Sam Moskowitz. The tale itself is like and unlike Edgar Allan ...

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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