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Trease, Geoffrey Robert

(1909-1998) UK critic and author, mostly of historical fiction for younger and Young Adult readers, publishing 113 books between 1934 and his retirement in 1997. Most of these were historical fiction and indicated his left-wing politics, beginning with the Communist-influenced Bows Against the Barons (1934). There is a strong Utopian element in some of his early novels, including the Ruritanias, The Call to Arms (1935) and Such Divinity (1939), though the lands described remain essentially ...


Australian-American tv series (1999-2003, 2005). Jim Henson Productions for The Sci Fi Channel and Nine Network Australia. Created by Rockne S O'Bannon. Producers include Richard Manning, Robert Halmi Jr., David Kemper, and Brian Henson. Directors include Tony Tilse, Rowan Woods, Andrew Prowse, and Ian Watson. Writers include O'Bannon, Kemper, Manning, and Justin Monjo. Cast includes Ben Browder as John Crichton, Claudia Black as Aeryn Sun, Anthony Simcoe as Ka D'Argo, Virginia Hey as Pa'u ...


Belgian prog-rock group with a classical chamber-music flavour, named, evidently, after Jules Verne, although the most obviously Vernean title in their discography, Le Retour du Captain Nemo (1993), is in fact a "greatest hits" collection. The band's first two albums Coulonneux (1979) and A Neuf (1981) are playful, witty and self-admittedly "Un Peu Pretentieux" ("a little pretentious", the title of a track on the second album). Later albums include the more rounded Ne Parlons Pas de Malheur ...

Noble, Vernon

(1908-1987) UK journalist, broadcaster and author whose Children's SF novel, Cloud Island: A Mystery of the Sky (1949), features a cloud so firm it can be walked upon. The eponymous Mad Scientist in The Case of the Missing Professor (1952) seems to have discovered the secret of Rejuvenation. [JC]

Sanders, Lawrence

(1920-1998) US author best known for the Deadly Sin novels (The First Deadly Sin was filmed in 1980) and for the thriller The Anderson Tapes (1970), filmed in 1971. The Tomorrow File (1975) depicts a Near-Future America on a large canvas. At the Dystopian heart of the book can be found the Department of Bliss (Satisfaction Section), whose functions in a jaded country are pejoratively analysed. Of his many remaining books, some – like The Tangent Factor (1978) (from the Peter Tangent ...

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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