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Livingston, Berkeley

(1909-1975) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "I'll Be There With Music" Fantastic Adventures for June 1943, publishing his fifty or so stories in that magazine and in its Ziff-Davis stablemate Amazing. He wrote under his own name, as by Burt B Liston, B E Liston and Lester Barclay; he also contributed work under the House Names Alexander Blade and Morris J Steele. His only book was Meteor of Death (coll 1954 chap). Much of his sf work, like Death of a B E M (October ...

Eames, Frederick

(?   -?   ) US author of The Two on Galley Island: A Thrilling Tale of the Sea (1893), in which a betrothed couple en route to India find a freshly risen Island in the Indian Ocean, and discover there mammoth bones and Roman coins; the island, like Brigadoon, then sinks again, and they continue their marital journey. [JC]

Detzer, Diane

Working name used by US author Diane Detzer de Reyna (1930-1992) for some of her sf, though she has also published much material as Adam Lukens, and some as Jorge de Reyna. She began publishing sf with "The Tomb" for Science Fiction Stories in November 1958, and soon released a number of novels, from The Sea People (1959) to Eevalu (1963), as Adam Lukens. These are varied in subject matter but are generally routine Space Opera. As Jorge de Reyna she published The Return of the Starships (1968), ...

Flying Saucer Mystery, The

Documentary film (1950; exp 1952). Telenews. No producer, director or screenwriter named. Cast includes Admiral Calvin Bolster USN and Donald E Keyhoe; those added in the re-release include General John A Samford and Frank Scully. Approximately 9½ minutes; re-release 12+ minutes. Black and white. / Lost for decades until it resurfaced in the 1990s, this may be the first ever documentary about UFOs – apparently produced as a filler to be shown between full-length Cinema ...

Rainbolt, Dusty

(?   -    ) US author who specializes in nonfiction about cats; her sf novel, All the Marbles (2003), features a cat as deuteragonist (it is seemingly not a super-cat) in a Space Opera careening, in self-consciously Screwball Comedy fashion, after a McGuffin. Death Under the Crescent Moon (2013) is fantasy. [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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