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Duncan, Dave

Working name of Scottish-born petroleum geologist and author David John Duncan (1933-2018), in Canada from 1955, a citizen from 1960; he also wrote as by Sarah B Franklin and Ken Hood. His earlier singleton novels inclined mostly to sf. The first, A Rose-Red City (1987), complicatedly puts its twentieth-century protagonist into a walled Utopia, where demons (and the Minotaur) oppose his attempts to extract Ariadne from the world. Shadow ...


1. UK tv series (1975-1977). BBC TV. by Terry Nation. Produced by Terence Dudley. Directed by Pennant Roberts, Terence Williams, Eric Hills. Written by Nation (seven episodes in season one), Roger Parkes, Jack Ronder, Martin Worth. Cast included John Abineri, Stephen Dudley, Lucy Fleming, Lorna Lewis, Denis Lill, Ian McCulloch, Tanya Ronder and many others. Three seasons; 38 50-minute episodes in all. Colour. / The ...

Butler, Joan

Pseudonym of Irish Writer Robert William Alexander (1905-1979), whose first story of genre interest was "The Grey Parrot" for The Happy Mag. in October 1927, and who published numerous adventure stories in the late 1920s under his own name. Though most of his sf was as by Butler, he did publish under his own name two sf novels, both clearly written in the humorous style he had established for his pseudonymous work, but conveying an underlying seriousness of intent. In ...

Pardoe, M

(1902-1996) UK author of several works for children, including the Argle sequence of Time Travel tales comprising Argle's Mist (1956; vt Curtain of Mist 1957), Argle's Causeway (1958) and Argle's Oracle (1959). The young protagonists, and their tutor, travel respectively to Britain in Celtic times and in Norman times, and finally to classical Greece. [JC]

Worlds of Fantasy

1. UK pocketbook-size magazine, published by John Spencer, London; edited anonymously by Samuel Assael and Maurice Nahum. Fourteen numbered, undated issues 1950-1954. / Worlds of Fantasy is almost identical to the other three Spencer juvenile-sf magazines of the 1950s, Futuristic Science Stories, Tales of Tomorrow and ...

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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