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Simpson, George Gaylord

(1902-1984) US palaeontologist and author, significant for his work on the theory of Evolution; his opposition to the theory of continental drift delayed acceptance of the obvious among scientists. He is of sf interest for The Dechronization of Sam Magruder (date of composition unknown; 1996), in which through a laboratory accident the eponymous Scientist is thrown back in time (see ...

Cole, Allan

(1943-2019) US Television scriptwriter – with more than 100 credits to his name – journalist and author; his sf screenwriting includes three episodes of the series The Incredible Hulk (1977-1982), two of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979-1981) and six of Defenders of the Earth ...

Stephenson, Neal

(1959-    ) US author whose first two novels – The Big U (1984) and Zodiac: The Eco-Thriller (1988) – both convey a strong sense that sf turns are just around the next page, but neither of which can justly be read as sf. The first is a gonzo college caper, told rather in the style of John Landis's film, National Lampoon's Animal House (1978), in which a vast "Megaversity", funded by an involvement in radioactive waste ...

Ogilvy, David

(1955-    ) Australian author whose Escape from Jupiter (1994) is a Tie to the thirteen-episode Young Adult Television series, Escape from Jupiter (1994), a Space Opera for which he was a writer. A second series, Return to Jupiter (1997), also of ...

Carr, Terry

(1937-1987) US author and editor; married to Carol Carr from 1961 until his death. He became an sf fan in 1949 and, throughout the 1950s (and later), enjoyed a long and prolific career as such; one of his Fanzines, Fanac, co-edited with Ron Ellik, won a Hugo in 1959, and Carr eventually won his second Hugo as Best Fan Writer in 1973. Some of this writing ...

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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