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Peel, John

(1954-    ) UK television scriptwriter and author, resident for some time in the US, who has also written under the House Name Nicholas Adams, Rick North and John Vincent. He is mostly noted for his influential Doctor Who Ties, beginning with Doctor Who: The Chase (1989), often featuring Daleks; he has also published prolifically in Files Magazine contributing a number of Doctor Who special Spotlight issues. Other tied sequences include several contributions to the Star Trek ...

Awerbuck, Diane

(1974-    ) South African author whose first novel, the highly regarded Gardening at Night (2004), is nonfantastic; she has also written in collaboration with Alex Latimer as Frank Owen. She began to publish work of genre interest with the stories assembled as Cabin Fever (coll 2011), and is of strong sf interest for the Divided States sequence comprising South (2016) and North (2018), written with Latimer as Owen, which is set in a Near Future Alternate History version of ...

Davidson, Michael

Pseudonym of Michael Zeik (?   -    ), US author of two sf novels: The Karma Machine (1975), a dystopian vision of a Computer-dominated world; and Daughter of Is: A Science Fiction Epic: An "Else-when" Parable (1978), an Alternate-History tale. Davidson should not be confused with the poet Michael Davidson (1944-    ). [JC]

Thomas, Richard

(1967-    ) US author whose short fiction, which is mostly horror, has been assembled as Herniated Roots (coll 2012), Staring into the Abyss (coll 2013) and Tribulations (coll 2016). His first novel, Transubstantiate (2010), is a noirish thriller set in a Disaster-afflicted world – an experiment in controlling Overpopulation has catastrophically misfired, killing off most humans – though the protagonist may escape durance through a gestalt-like rapport (see Hive ...


Film (1976). American International Pictures. Directed by Richard T Heffron. Written by Mayo Simon, George Schenck. Cast includes Blythe Danner, Peter Fonda and Arthur Hill. 104 minutes. Colour. / An inferior sequel to Westworld (1973), set in the same theme park, Delos, Futureworld lacks the unity and impact of Michael Crichton's original film. In a newly built area of Delos, devoted to dramatizing the future, there are several diverting scenes irrelevant to the main plot, which is one of ...

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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