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Gurney, James

(1958-    ) US illustrator, raised in California, who studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Gurney made his sf debut with a cover for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1982, but his real baptism of fire that year was working as one of only two background painters on the animated Sword-and-Sorcery film Fire and Ice (1982). Gurney, who works in oils, primarily paints book covers; he has also done historic and prehistoric paintings for National ...

Fantastic Voyage

1. Film (1966). Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by Richard Fleischer. Written by Harry Kleiner, based on a story by Otto Clement and J Lewis (i.e., Jerome) Bixby adapted by David Duncan. Cast includes Stephen Boyd, Edmund O'Brien, Donald Pleasence and Raquel Welch. 100 minutes. Colour. / A submarine carrying a crew of medical experts – including a double-agent saboteur (Pleasence) – is Miniaturized by Ray treatment at the US Combined Miniaturized Deterrent Forces facility and ...

Rocky Jones, Space Ranger

American tv series (1954). Syndicated. Produced by Roland D Reed, directed by Hollingsworth Morse. Written by Fritz Blocki, Carl K Hittleman, Arthur Hoerl, Marianne Mosner, and Warren Wilson. Cast includes Scotty Beckett, Maurice Cass, Richard Crane, Robert Lyden, Jimmy Lydon, Sally Mansfield, Charles Meredith, Patsy Parsons and Reginald Sheffield. 39 30-minute episodes. Black and white. / Rocky Jones (Crane), commander of the Spaceship the Orbit Jet, leads a crew usually consisting of his ...

Niven, Larry

Working name of US author Laurence van Cott Niven (1938-    ). He was born in California, where he set many of his stories, and gained a BA in mathematics from Washburn University, Kansas. From his first publication, "The Coldest Place" for If in December 1964, he set his mark on the US sf field as a Hard SF writer of remarkable vigour and inventiveness, soon winning four short-fiction Hugos: for "Neutron Star" (October 1966 If), "Inconstant Moon" (in All the Myriad Ways, ...

Sullivan, Philip A

(1882-?   ) US lawyer and author of a Utopia, Man Finds the Way (1939), in which the power of Religion, through the founding of the United States of the World, leads to universal peace. [JC]

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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