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Balint, Emery

(1892-1982) US painter and author of Hungarian origins; it is not known if he himself emigrated from Hungary, as his first novel, the phantasmagoric Alpha (trans Louis Rittenberg 1927), may have been translated from manuscript. His sf novel is Don't Inhale It! (1949), in which a nuclear test accidentally splits Earth in sparring planetoids; Satire is intended. [JC]

Powered Armour

A now familiar device in (especially) Military SF, the most famous example being the Mobile Infantry armour described in great and plausible detail by Robert A Heinlein in Starship Troopers (October-November 1959 F&SF as "Starship Soldier"; 1959); this includes a jet pack for Flying. Heinlein's influence helped shape the Japanese sf trope of Mecha (which see), which often expands the machinery to gigantic scale in the form of piloted Robots. The sensors, servo-mechanisms and feedback loops ...

Kube-McDowell, Michael P

Pseudonym of US author Michael Paul McDowell (1954-    ), who added his wife's name, Kube, in 1975, to make the full surname; some years later this proved useful when both he and the fantasy author Michael M McDowell (1950-1999) were writing scripts for the Television Anthology Series Tales from the Darkside (1983-1988). His first published sf story, "The Inevitable Conclusion" for Amazing in August 1979, also marked the inception of his Trigon Disunity sequence, comprising ...

Alexander, Paul

(1937-2021) US artist who studied at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, California, and after working with architectural companies and in advertising – typically producing scenes of men and Machines – began to paint Genre SF covers for New York publishers, beginning with the 1977 Ace Books paperback of The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: A Special 25th Anniversary Anthology (anth 1974) edited by Edward L Ferman. Working in gouache and using both hand brush and ...

Ebbs, Paul

(circa 1965-    ) UK poet, screenwriter and author, in the latter two capacities producing content in various theatres of the Doctor Who universe: Doctor Who: New Adventures: The Book of the Still (2002), in which a Book serves as a lifeline for stranded time travellers (see Time Travel), the story spiralling complexly (for this universe) into a kind of Bollywood musical extravaganza; and the script for a video release, in The Bernice Summerfield Adventures sequence, whose ...

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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