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Nevins, Albert J

(1915-1997) US Catholic priest, film director and author, whose Children's SF novel, The Adventures of Pancho of Peru (1953), describes the brave behaviour of the eponymous native, who has connections with a Lost World deep in the mountains. It was published as part of the didactic Adventures with a Purpose series. [JC]

Turner, Gerry

(1921-1982) US portrait photographer and author of fiction for the Young Adult market, including one sf novel, Stranger from the Depths (1967). Here the seeming last survivor of an ancient amphibian civilization from the Hollow Earth is discovered by a party of young US high-schoolers and their mentor, a college professor. The lizard-like being awakens (see Sleeper Awakes) and leads them to his people's Underground City; but there are other survivors in another city, and conflict ensues. ...

Captain Zero

US Pulp magazine, three bimonthly issues, November 1949-March 1950, published by Recreational Reading Corp., Indiana, edited anonymously by Alden H Norton. Each issue contained a novel written by prolific pulp author G T Fleming-Roberts (1910-1968). As a result of a radiation overdose, Captain Zero (alias "The Master of Midnight") becomes involuntarily invisible at night; he uses his unwanted gift to operate against the underworld. When invisible he speaks in italics. This, the last of the hero ...

Strickland, Brad

Working name of US author William Bradley Strickland (1947-    ), who began publishing work of genre interest with "Payment Deferred" in Asimov's for May 1982, but who has concentrated mainly on fantasy, most notably perhaps in early stories like "The Herders of Grimm" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in April 1984 and in the Jeremy Moon sequence – Moon Dreams (1988), Nul's Quest (1989) and Wizard's Mole (1991) – which conveys its protagonist into ...


German experimental prog-rock band, active in the 1970s, who released a number of sf-themed albums. Founded in 1968 by bassist Holger Czukay (1938-2017), keyboard-player Irmin Schmidt (1937-    ) who had both studied under avant-garde composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, together with guitarist Michael Karoli (1948-2001), and drummer Jaki Liebezeit (1939-    ). Initially the band worked with the American vocalist and lyricist David Johnson; but he was replaced ...

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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