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Barrington, Michael

Collaborative pseudonym of Michael Moorcock and Barrington J Bayley on one story, "Peace on Earth" (December 1959 New Worlds). [JC] links / Internet Speculative Fiction Database


This thematic term is chiefly associated with Comics, but the concept is widespread in general sf. Numerous Superheroes are effectively defined by their superpowers and, very often, corresponding weaknesses. Superman, a major twentieth-century archetype, has a large (though varying with character rewrites) assortment of special powers supposedly resulting from his ...

Farr, David

(1969-    ) UK director, screenwriter, playwright and author, active in various capacities in the UK Theatre from around 1990, including the direction of several plays. The dramaturgical thrust of several of his dramas engage with Fantastika, though at times only metaphorically. The Nativity (performed 1999; 1999 chap) edgily literalizes various miracles and manifestations clustered around Mary the ...

Saville, Guy

(1973-    ) UK author whose Hitler Wins series, the Burton Cole sequence comprising to date The Afrika Reich (2011) and The Madagaskar Plan (2015), focuses on the Nazi conquest of Africa, and the deportation of all European Jews to Madagascar. The total defeat of the United Kingdom at Dunkirk provides the Jonbar Point for the extended tale; in the early 1950s, a triumphant ...

Heming, Jack

(1899-1987) UK author of a Lost Race tale, The Lost World of the Colorado (1940), whose young protagonists discover, on a high plateau, Monsters who display a weird caprice of Evolution: each of them combining the features of two real species. [JC]

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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