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Ellanby, Boyd

Joint pseudonym of Lyle Gifford Boyd (1907-1982) and her husband William Clouser Boyd (1903-1983), the latter a professor of immunochemistry at Boston University, Massachusetts. They began to publish work of genre interest with Category Phoenix (May 1952 Galaxy; 2010 ebook), continuing to a total of fourteen stories in various contemporary SF Magazines until 1958, as well as a small number of essays for such magazines 1958-1959. The Star Lord (June 1953 Imagination; 2010 ebook) interestingly ...

Sapphire and Steel

UK tv series (1979-1982). An ATV Network Production. Written/created by P J Hammond (except "Adventure Five" by Don Houghton and Anthony Read); executive producer David Reid; produced by Shaun O'Riordan. Directed by O'Riordan and David Foster. Cast includes Joanna Lumley (Sapphire), David McCallum (Steel) and David Collings (Silver). Four seasons, 34 25-minute episodes in all; broken into "Adventure One" (six episodes 1979), "Adventure Two" (eight episodes 1979), "Adventure Three" (six episodes ...

Podwil, Jerome

(1938-    ) American artist, sometimes credited simply as Podwil, who typically signs his works Jerry Podwil. After graduating from the Pratt School of Art and Design in 1960, Podwil began painting covers for non-genre books, mostly westerns, and in 1965 shifted to sf art with several assignments from Ace Books. His early covers generally juxtaposed realistic figures with misty or symbolic backgrounds to evoke a sense of alienness; one cover, for Ray Cummings's Tama of the ...

Cornell, Fred C

(1867-1921) UK-born soldier and author, in South Africa 1902-1920; some of the stories assembled in A Rip Van Winkle of the Kalahari and Other Tales of South-West Africa (coll 1915) are of sf interest, including in particular the title novella, which concerns a Lost Race of ancient Phoenicians under the thrall of an Immortal She figure, and "The Proof", in which a young man attempts to prove the theory of Evolution by living with a tribe of baboons, but suffers Devolution (see Apes as Human). ...

Berry, Bryan

(1930-1966) UK author who began to publish stories of sf interest with "Monster from Space" for the UK comic Merry-Go-Round #14 in 1947, and who was thought of as a rising star of UK sf, but who died young. Along with such writers as John Russell Fearn, E C Tubb and Kenneth Bulmer, he contributed many Pulp magazine-style sf novels to obscure paperback houses, beginning with Return to Earth (1951), and most notably with the Venus/Kennet Alternate History trilogy – comprising Resurgent Dust ...

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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