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Captive Wild Woman

Film (1943). Universal Pictures. Produced by Ben Pivar. Directed by Edward Dmytryk. Written by Griffith Jay and Henry Sucher from an idea by Ted Fithian, and Neal P Varnick. Cast includes Acquanetta, Evelyn Ankers, John Carradine, Fay Helm, Milburn Stone and Martha Vickers. 61 minutes. Black and white. / Animal trainer Fred Mason (Stone) returns from safari with new beasts for the Whipple circus, including the almost humanly intelligent gorilla Cheela. Beth Colman (Ankers), his ...

Beverley, Barrington

Pseudonym used for two sf novels by Harry Leigh Pink (1906-1973), UK author who also wrote western and crime fiction under the working name Hal Pink; other pseudonyms were H Carson Marksman and Charles Van Horn. He was active in UK magazines (including The Passing Show) and US Pulps from 1925, and as a novelist from 1932 to 1941. The Beverley titles are The Air Devil (1934), which is as much Horror as sf, and The Space Raiders (1936), wherein the League of Nations defends the world from an ...

Phillips, L M

(?   -?   ) US author who seems to have published only two novels, one of which, The Mind Reader (1896), is of sf interest as its hero has, and exercises, the power of Telepathy during his adventures in the American West. The tale eventually moves eccentrically into occult matters, touching on Theosophy en route. [JC]

White, Steve

Pseudonym of US army officer and author Robert McGarvey (1948-    ), most of whose work is Space Opera, often employing Military SF plots, and usually arrayed in series. His first sequence, the Starfire series – partially written with David Weber, who had developed Starfire, the Wargame to which it is Tied, and partially with other collaborators – begins with Insurrection (1990) with David Weber [for further volumes see Checklist below]. Solo series include the ...

Wagner, Erin K

(?   -    ) US academic and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "To See If It Is Possible" in Tales of the Talisman #10 for 17 December 2014. The Green and Growing (2019 chap), a densely constructed novella with Planetary Romance intonations, follows the life of the daughter of the ruler of a planet that has successfully defeated the people of an adjoining world. She is formally exchanged with an opposing figure, and finds that the planet ...

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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