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Sealed Book, The

Radio series (1945). The Mutual Broadcasting Network. Created and written by Robert Arthur and David Kogan. Produced by Jock MacGregor. Host and narrator: Philip Clarke. 26 30-minute episodes. / A spin-off from The Mysterious Traveler (1943-1952), this short-lived companion series broadcast remakes of some of the more popular instalments of its progenitor. Besides the narrator/host, the only ...

Lydston, G Frank

(1858-1923) US medical doctor specializing in urology; his experiments in sex gland transplants precede those more famous Serge Voronoff; more remarkably, he performed his first transplantation on himself. A prolific author of nonfiction in his speciality, his occasional fiction includes Over the Hookah: The Tales of a Talkative Doctor (coll of linked stories 1896), in which a series of medical anecdotes, several of them sf, are told within a ...

Chan Koonchung

(1952-    ) Chinese author, editor, journalist, screenwriter and producer, sometimes billed as John Koon or John Chan, a key figure in the modern history of many media in Chinese, but known in the sf genre for a single work. Born in Shanghai but raised in Hong Kong, he completed his education in Boston before returning to Hong Kong in 1976 as the founding editor of Hao Wai ["City Magazine"]. He wrote and produced several films since the ...

Subotnick, Morton

(1933-    ) US electronic avant-garde composer, whose work has often formed the basis for interpretive dance. His instrumental album Silver Apples of the Moon (1967) was the first purely electronic release on Nonesuch records, and remains his most celebrated work: the restless, rather insectile rhythms and forays into atonal clanking add flavour to a suite of elegantly counterpointed synthesized tones that connect with contemporary excitement at the Apollo ...

Itäranta, Emmi

(1976-    ) Finnish journalist, scriptwriter and author, resident in England, who either translates into or writes the original manuscripts of her novels in English; her first novel, Teemestarin kirja ["The Book of the Master of Tea"] (2012; English version by author as Memory of Water 2014), is a Young Adult tale set in a Dystopian seemingly distant ...

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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