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Small, Austin J

(1894-1929) UK adventure and thriller author, born Austin Major Small, though his death certificate gives Austin James Small; in the US he published under his own name, while in the UK his books usually appeared as by Seamark. He wrote three novels of sf interest. The Man They Couldn't Arrest (1925) is a mystery novel incorporating unusual devices and Inventions into the plot. In Master Vorst (1926; vt The Death Maker 1926) the London Secret Society's insane plan to kill off the human race by ...

Frankenstein Monster

The term is in general use, not only in sf Terminology but in common parlance, to mean a Monster that ultimately turns and rends its irresponsible creator. Readers of sf are aware that in Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley original novel, Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus (1811; rev 1831), Frankenstein was the name of the creator and not of the monster; in popular usage and pop-culture iconography, however, it is all too often assumed that the unnamed monster itself is Frankenstein. It should ...

Falling Skies

US tv series (2011-current). Created by Robert Rodat. Producers include Rodat, Steven Spielberg, Greg Beeman, and Graham Yost. Directors include Beeman, Fred Toye, and Sergio Mimica-Gezzan. Writers include Rodat, Yost, and Melinda Hsu Taylor. Cast includes Noah Wyle as Tom Mason, Will Patton as Captain Weaver, Moon Bloodgood as Dr Anne Glass, Peter Shinkoda as Dai, Mpho Koaho as Anthony, Seychelle Gabriel as Lourdes, Sarah Carter as Margaret, Drew Roy as Hal Mason, Connor Jessup as Ben Mason, ...

Mayne, William

(1928-2010) UK author whose work, more than a hundred titles, was published exclusively for children and Young Adult readers; he also wrote as Martin Cobalt, as Dynely James in collaboration with Dick Caesar, and as Charles Molin. His work is sometimes realistic, sometimes – especially in his later career – fantastic; the Fantasies, however, are treated in so down-to-earth a manner that more often than not they naturalize the supernatural. His style, which is sophisticated and ...

Friel, Arthur O

(1885-1959) US author and explorer, most of whose work appeared in Pulp magazines, including the McKay, Knowlton and Ryan sequence of Lost Race tales set in South America and featuring the exploits of Americans, who eventually establish a kingdom somewhere close to Peru, their central base being in ancient ruins left by a mysterious white race. Those published as books – The Pathless Trail (10 October-10 November 1921 Adventure; 1922), Tiger River (20 July-20 August 1922 Adventure; 1923), ...

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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