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Archer, Jeffrey

(1940-    ) UK Conservative politician and author of many thrillers, most notorious in the early twenty-first century for his imprisonment on a count of perjury; in his Near Future sf novel, Shall We Tell the President? (1977; rev 1985), the American president who may or may not be informed of a plot against his life is Edward Kennedy, whose gun control laws are opposed vehemently. The revised edition is transformed into a sequel to The Prodigal Daughter (1982), at the end ...

It Happened Tomorrow

Film (1944). United Artists. Produced by Arnold Pressburger. Directed by René Clair. Writers include René Clair, Lord Dunsany, Helene Fraenkel and Dudley Nichols. Cast includes Linda Darnell, Edgar Kennedy, Jack Oakie and Dick Powell. 85 minutes. Black and white. / Romantic comedy about a newspaper reporter (Powell) who idly wishes out loud to know about newsworthy events ahead of time (see Precognition; Timeslip). His wish is granted in the form of the next day's newspapers, ...

Kupari, Mike

(?   -    ) US Air Force technician, firearms instructor and author who began to publish work of genre interest with the Dead Six sequence of Near Future Military SF adventures whose first volume is Dead Six (2011) with Larry Correia (whom see for description of these books). Kupari's solo novel debut was Her Brother's Keeper (2015), opening the Privateer Andromeda series of Space Operas starring Captain Catherine Blackwood, who with the crew of her privateer ...

Prisoners of Gravity

Canadian tv series (1990-1993). TVOntario; also broadcast on La Chaine Francaise. Produced and directed by Gregg Thurlbeck, written and presented Rick Green. Four seasons. 30 minutes per programme. Colour. / The premise of this vigorous and surprisingly successful series – not a drama series but a talk show about speculative fiction, probably the only such programme in the world – was that Commander Rick (Rick Green) operates a pirate broadcasting station from the communications ...

Science Fiction Association

This first attempt at a genuinely national UK organization devoted to furthering the cause of sf in Britain was proposed and launched at the Leeds, Yorkshire, sf Convention of January 1937. It was initially headquartered in Leeds, with E J Carnell's Novae Terrae adopted as the official organ. Another official publication, intended as a respectable front to entice non-fans, was the quarterly Fanzine Tomorrow, first published in February 1937 and edited by Douglas W F Mayer; the seventh and last ...

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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