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Bannister, Jo

(1951-    ) UK journalist and author, principally of crime fiction, long resident in Northern Ireland. She is of sf interest for her first three novels, all initially published by Robert Hale Limited: The Matrix (1981), a Far-Future Space Opera, and two adventures with a flavour of Planetary Romance: The Winter Plain (1982) and A Cactus Garden (1983). [DRL]

Prime, Lord

Pseudonym of US author Walter Doty Reynolds (1860-1933), whose sf novel, Mr Jonnemacher's Machine: The Port to Which We Drifted (1898), is a Future History told from twenty-first century perspective, in which is described how Automation – represented by a Machine capable of performing all the functions of a textile mill without human intervention – threatens the ruin of industrial America, though in the end a socialist government takes over, establishing a benign welfare state. Mr ...

Feibush, Ray

(1948-1998) UK artist, occasionally working as Raymond Feibush, known for the string of sf covers he produced for New English Library/NEL during the 1970s; he painted using primarily gouache and acrylics, sans airbrush, and often in a quasi-surrealist style – although as capable as any of producing more straightforward sf artwork. He spent his formative years in the US, attending Forest Hills High School, Forest Hills, New York State, whose alumni association remembers him as "the ...

Deepstar Six

Film (1988). Carolco/Tri-Star. Directed and coproduced by Sean S Cunningham. Written by Lewis Abernathy, Geof Miller, based on a story by Abernathy. Cast includes Taurean Blacque, Joyce Collins, Greg Evigan and Miguel Ferrer. 99 minutes. Colour. / A deep-sea missile base is being installed by underwater (see Under the Sea) station DeepStar Six. Explosives open a vast cavern under the ocean floor, in which dwells a monstrous arthropod; it destroys two submersibles, enters the station, and ...

McCarthy, Wil

Working name of US engineer and author William Terence McCarthy (1966-    ) who began publishing sf with "What I Did with the OTV Grissom" for Aboriginal in May/June 1990; his first book appearance was the very thin chapbook Dirtyside Down (1991 chap dos). In his first novel, Aggressor Six (1994), which begins the two-volume Waisters sequence concluding with The Fall of Sirius (1996), thirty-fourth-century humanity is confronted by an implacable Alien race which wages ...

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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