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Mahr, Kurt

Pseudonym of German physicist and author Klaus Mahn (1934-1993), mostly resident in the US from 1962; he began to publish (yet untranslated) sf tales as early as 1959, but remains best known as a principal writer from 1961 until his death for the vast Space Opera series and subseries published under the Perry Rhodan rubric, his contributions showing a bent toward Hard SF, specifically Physics, though he died (a pedestrian fatality in a car crash) before Perry Rhodan story-arcs began fully to ...

Elias, Albert J

(1920-2007) US author of some detective fiction and of two sf novels, The Bowman Test (1977), about a possible Reincarnation of the Messiah, and The Sonora Mutation (1978). [JC]

Space Probe Taurus

Film (1965; vt Space Monster; vt First Woman into Space). American International. Directed by Leonard Katzman. Cast includes Baynes Barron, Russ Bender, James Brown, Robert Legionaire and Francine York. Written by Leonard Katzman. 81 minutes. Black and white. / The mission of a Spaceship, Faith 1, ends disastrously, as deadly gas penetrates its hull, killing all but one crewman, and the survivor (Legionaire) urges Earth Control to destroy his own spaceship because it may be "infectious." ...

Troubetzkoy, Princess Mariya

Married name of UK author Muriel Marie Beddam (?   -?   ), sometimes given as Princess Paul Troubetzkoy; her husband, Paolo or Paul Troubetskoy (1866-1938), was a Russian painter and sculptor, in western Europe after 1917. Exodus A.D.: A Warning to Civilians (1934) with C R W Nevinson, set in the Near Future, anticipates a continuation of strife throughout Europe. [JC]

Batchelor, John Calvin

(1948-    ) US author whose first two novels, The Further Adventures of Halley's Comet (1980) and The Birth of the People's Republic of Antarctica (1983), are borderline fantasy and sf respectively. He has also published two mainstream novels, American Falls (1985) and Gordon Liddy Is My Muse, by Tommy "Tip" Paine (1990). With John R Hamilton he wrote Thunder in the Dust: Images of Western Movies (1987). / Batchelor's novels have a gravity and consistency which mark him ...

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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