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Shelton, Frederick William

(1814/1815-1881) US minister and author whose first book, The Trollopiad; Or, Travelling Gentleman in America (1837), is an essentially nonfantastic verse Satire on Frances Trollope (1780-1863). Of very moderate sf interest is Salander and the Dragon: A Romance of the Hartz Prison (1850), a Lost Race tale unduly reminiscent of John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress (1678). Crystalline; Or, the Heiress of Fall Down Castle (1854) is a fairy tale with mildly Gothic trimmings, involving a Magic ring. ...

Courtney, S

(?   -    ) Zimbabwean author whose play, Fallout (performed 19897; 1990 chap), portrays a Zimbabwean family initially indifferent but quickly coming to an awareness that the Near Future outbreak of World War Three, starting on the Russian-Chinese border, has ended civilization. As the play ends in the clutches of Nuclear Winter, radiation sickness has begun to afflict all concerned. [JC]

Green, Evie

Pseudonym of UK author Emily Barr (1971-    ) who under her own name has written several travel books, twelve nonfantastic novels, and at least three nonfantastic young adult tales. We Hear Voices (2020) as by Green, set in the Near Future after a coronavirus-like Pandemic (see also Disaster) has savaged the planet, focuses on a young boy under the influence of an "imaginary friend" named Delfy, who may or may not be an exudate from the deadly flu (see Doppelganger; Horror ...

Heming, Jack

(1899-1987) UK author of a Lost Race tale, The Lost World of the Colorado (1940), whose young protagonists discover, on a high plateau, Monsters who display a weird caprice of Evolution: each of them combining the features of two real species. [JC]

Kids From C.A.P.E.R., The

Juvenile tv series (1976-1977). Landsburg-Kirshner Productions for NBC-TV. Executive producers: Alan Landsburg, Don Kirshner. Created by Romeo Muller. Directors included Stanley Z Cherry. Writers included Muller. Makeup by Harry Thomas. Cast includes Steve Bonino, Cosie Costa, Robert Emhardt, John Lansing, Robert Lussier and Biff Warren. Thirteen 30-minute episodes. Colour. / The Kids are a singing group/crime-fighting team connected to the 927th Police Precinct in the fictitious city 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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