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Gardner, Martin

(1914-2010) US mathematician, amateur conjuror, journalist and author of many books of popular science, along with several volumes of puzzles and games. In the Name of Science (1952; rev vt Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science 1957) is an iconoclastic and amusing nonfiction book about Pseudoscience: cults, fads and hoaxes existing on the fringes of science, with chapters on Hollow-Earth and flat-Earth theories, pyramidology, UFOs and other subjects. Of particular interest to sf readers may ...

Williams, Liz

(1965-    ) UK author who began to publish work of genre interest with "A Child of the Dead" in Interzone for September 1997, which was assembled with other early work as The Banquet of the Lords of Night and Other Stories (coll 2004); later stories were assembled as A Glass of Shadow (coll 2011). Her first novel, The Ghost Sister (2001), is set in a lost colony (see Colonization of Other Worlds) whose inhabitants, after sending a long-ignored distress signal back to Earth, ...

Fezandié, Clement

(1865-1959) US businessman, playwright and author based circa 1886-1919 in New York, though he lived and travelled in the Middle East in later life, and died in Belgium. Of his earlier work, The Revenge: A Tragedy in Three Acts (1895 chap) with Rodolphe De L'Escale involves a ghost; and The Sturgis Wager: A Detective Story (1899) as by Edgar Morette features a murderer who dissolves his victims in an sf-like fluid. His sf novel proper, Through the Earth (January-April 1898 St Nicholas Magazine; ...

Fu Manchu

Sax Rohmer's Asian supervillain Doctor Fu Manchu (also rendered as Fu-Manchu) is a Mad Scientist, initially based in the slums of Limehouse, London, who is armed with advanced scientific Weapons and bent on world domination. In addition to his impressive scientific acumen and boundless determination, Fu Manchu is given to occasional flashes of quixotic generosity, at times making him seem more an Antihero than a Villain. Yet his characteristic deviousness and cruelty have established him as one ...

Day After, The

Made-for-tv film (1983). ABC. Directed by Nicholas Meyer. Written by Edward Hume. Cast includes Steven Guttenberg, Lori Lethin, John Lithgow, Jason Robards, Jo-Beth Williams and William Allen Young. 121 minutes. Colour. / Set in Lawrence, Kansas, the film tells of a massive nuclear exchange between the USA and USSR. Many of the missiles hit Kansas and Missouri, targeted because of their numerous Minuteman silos. The Day After opens a week before nuclear World War Three begins, and ends ...

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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