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Freeman, Gillian

(1929-2019) UK author active from around 1955; she is of sf interest for The Leader (1966), set in the kind of Near Future Dystopian UK threatened, as not infrequently in novels of this category published in post-war UK, by the rise of a fascist nonentity through an increasingly ruthless exploitation of racial and ethnic prejudices to promote his Britain First party. The Undergrowth of Literature (1967), ...

Boy with Green Hair, The

Film (1948). RKO. Directed by Joseph Losey. Executive producer Dory Schary. Producer Stephen Ames. Written by Ben Barzman and Alfred Lewis Levitt. Cast includes Barbara Hale, Pat O'Brien, Robert Ryan and Dean Stockwell. 82 minutes. Colour. / Allegorical and thoughtful anti-War film about a young war orphan whose hair unexplainedly turns bright green. He is made the object of ridicule by other children and a scapegoat by some of ...


UK A4-size magazine. Four issues, December 1969, January, March and #4 [May] 1970, published by the Martec Publishing Group; edited by Derek R Threadgall. Space-Wise contained a mixture of sf, science and occult articles along the theme of how space (of any kind) affects our lives. It carried a serial, "Marsh Gibbon Where Are You?" (#1-#4) by Bernard Rickman and usually one story per issue. The final issue included the first published story by Mike ...

Speight, T W

(1830-1915) UK railway company executive and author; of his many novels and tales, The Strange Experiences of Mr Verschoyle: Told by Himself and Edited by T W Speight (1901) is of sf interest as a tale of Identity Transfer, a technique utilized by a venomous young man to revenge himself on the family that had thwarted his marital ambitions. The Grey Monk (1895) is a ghost story. [JC]

Toolis, Lorna

(1952-2021) Canadian librarian and editor, initially involved in Canadian Fandom, best known for her long successful tenure as head of the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy in the Toronto Public Library system from 1986, when the collection was still known as The Spaced Out Library or SoL, until her retirement in 2017. Having shepherded with great care in a demanding ...

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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