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Ayckbourn, Alan

(1939-    ) UK playwright, active from 1959 with at least eighty-five plays produced; much of his work verges into Fantastika, some of which is of strong specific sf interest, including a triad of dramas which might almost (but not quite) be thought of as a loose series devoted to Androids in distressed English domestic environments. Henceforward (performed 1987; 1988) is set in an oppressive ...

Wade, Tom W

(?   -    ) UK author who published mainly with sf publishers John Spencer (see Badger Books) under various pseudonyms. As Victor Wadey he wrote two bad yet charming sf novels, A Planet Named Terra (1962) and its sequel The United Planets (1962). The distant planet confusingly called Terra is populated by the Reincarnations of people from Earth, notably Elizabeth I, ...

Pierce, Jack P

(1889-1968) Greek-born Cinema make-up effects pioneer who emigrated to the USA at around the turn of the twentieth century. He went into film work in the 1910s, moving from one position to another: assistant cameraman, stuntman, even acting itself at Fox Studios in the 1920s before beginning to create make-up effects. Pierce was hired by Universal Studios in 1928 as head of their make-up department. From 1930 to 1947, he created some of the most memorable ...

Wall, A

(1828-1906) UK author, almost certainly the Victorian writer on photography, actor, playwright, journalist and painter Andrew Henry Wall, who also served as the Librarian of the Shakespeare Memorial Library in Stratford. He is the author of two novels of some sf interest: A Romance of N'Shabé: Being a Record of Startling Adventures in South Central Africa (1891) with Andrew A Anderson, set in Zimbabwe, where the last descendants of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba demonstrate ...

Reynolds, Mack

Working name of US author Dallas McCord Reynolds (1917-1983), who began writing work of genre interest with "Isolationist" for Fantastic Adventures in April 1950. He occasionally used the pseudonyms Clark Collins, Guy McCord, Mark Mallory and Dallas Ross; he wrote two Gothics as Maxine Reynolds and one other non-sf book as Todd Harding. Some of his early work was with Fredric Brown, including a Joe Mauser story, ...

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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