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Winstanley, Gerrard

(1609-1676) UK textile merchant, grazier, political activist and author, active in the latter capacity from 1648 as a religious controversialist, a puritan (vulgarly) whose views on the events of the English Civil War were radically apocalyptic, and whose arguments about the tyranny of private property, expressed through his founding support of the Diggers (who transgressively attempted to farm on common land), remain sagaciously alarming today. His Utopia, The Law of Freedom in a Platform: Or ...

Stanley, William

(1829-1909) UK engineer and author, often on economic issues; of sf interest is The Case of The. Fox: Being his Prophecies under Hypnotism of the Period Ending A.D. 1950. A Political Utopia (1903). Hypnosis releases the "prophetic mental element" in an impoverished poet, Theodore Fox; the Utopia he describes in a series of visions, with its Federal Europe, electrified cars and Channel Tunnel (see Transportation), and a benign form of Eugenics, has few unusual elements. At the end, perhaps cast ...

Escape [radio]

Radio drama series (1947-1954). CBS Radio network. Produced by Norman MacDonnell (1916-1979). Directors included MacDonnell and William N Robson (1906-1995). Writers included Les Crutchfield, John Dunkel, Antony Ellis, Kathleen Hite, John Meston and Robert Tallman. Announcers: William Conrad and Paul Frees, often with Roy Rowan as a secondary announcer/narrator. 228 30-minute episodes. / Escape was primarily an adventure-mystery programme, but included much sf, Fantasy, and Horror among its ...

"V"

1. Two US tv miniseries (1983, 1984) followed by a series (1984-1985). NBC. The first miniseries (1983), two 100-minute episodes, was titled "V" and created, written and directed by Kenneth Johnson. The second miniseries (1984), three 100-minute episodes, was titled V: The Final Battle and directed by Richard T Heffron, written Brian Taggert, Peggy Goldman, from a story by Lillian Weezer, Goldman, Faustus Buck, Diane Frolow, Harry and Renee Longstreet. The series proper, titled "V" (1984-1985), ...

Gaskell, Jane

Working name of Jane Gaskell Lynch (1941-    ), UK author whose several books of genre interest include her first, Strange Evil (1957), written when she was fourteen; it features fairies from another world, claustrophobic conflicts in that world, and an aura of Gothic pubescence throughout. King's Daughter (1958) is set in ancient Atlantis, where a cache of even more ancient nerve gas is discovered; the book is remotely connected, through a shared character, with the Cija ...

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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