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Project Moonbase

Film (1953). Galaxy Pictures/Lippert. Directed by Richard Talmadge. Written by Robert A Heinlein, Jack Seaman. Cast includes Ross Ford, Larry Johns, Donna Martell and Hayden Rorke. 63 minutes, cut to 51 minutes. Black and white. / This rarely seen film is of interest mainly because Heinlein worked on the screenplay. A three-strong expedition takes off from a Space Station orbiting Earth to select a site for a Moonbase from lunar orbit, but their rocket crashlands on the Moon. One of the ...

V for Vendetta

1. UK/US Comic-book series (1982-1989), later collected as the Graphic Novel V for Vendetta (graph 1990), scripted by Alan Moore and mostly illustrated by David Lloyd. This groundbreaking series pitted a Guy Fawkes-mask-wearing anarchist hero (the titular "V") against the fascist regime of a Near-Future Dystopian UK, taking its inspiration from the then-current Conservative government of Margaret Thatcher. The series, set in 1997, premiered in March 1982 in the first issue of the anthology ...

Evans, Henry Ridgely

(1861-1949) US amateur magician, journalist and author, much of whose career was spent investigating (and in general debunking) occult lore and religious bodies, including Theosophy. Edgar Allan Poe and Baron von Kempelen's Chess-Playing Automaton (1939) analyses the famous chess-playing machine (operated in fact by a human inside the apparatus), which Edgar Allan Poe speculated about in an essay, "Maelzel's Chess Player" (April 1836 Southern Literary Messenger). Evans is of some sf interest ...

Caraker, Mary

(1929-    ) US author of whom relatively little is known; she is of Finnish descent and began to publish sf when she was nearing 50, with "The Vampires who Loved Beowulf" for Analog in January 1983, a story which makes up part of her first novel, Seven Worlds (fixup 1986), whose protagonist, a tough female Space Exploratory Forces agent named Morgan Faraday, is entrusted with the task of improving Communications between humans and other species. Its Young Adult sequel, The ...

Hall, Norman

(1904-?   ) Author whose single sf novel for Robert Hale Limited was Green Hailstones (1978). [DRL]

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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