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On the Beach

1. BBC Radio dramatization by Mike Walker in the Classic Serial anthology programme, as On the Beach (1957). / 2. Film (1959). Lomitas Productions/United Artists. Directed by Stanley Kramer. Written by John Paxton, based on On the Beach (1957) by Nevil Shute. Cast includes Fred Astaire, Guy Doleman, Ava Gardner, Gregory Peck and Anthony Perkins. 134 minutes. Black and white. / 1964, the Near Future: only Australia has survived a global nuclear World War Three. This merely prolongs the ...

Del Arroz, Jon

(?   -    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Monsieur Mingle and Kris Kringle" in Naughty or Nice: A Holiday Anthology (anth 2015) edited by Jennifer Brozek. His first novel, Star Realms: Rescue Run (2016) is an adventure-oriented Space Opera tale with Military SF elements featuring a suddenly freelance female protagonist in need of a contract; a series may be intended. The Young Adult Adventures of Baron Von Monocle sequence, ...

Crowcroft, Peter

(1925-1982) UK actor and author in the US from 1963 – reportedly very prolific under a number of unrevealed pseudonyms – whose The Fallen Sky (1954) describes a Post-Holocaust London in which a sociologist lives a Last Man existence under barbarous conditions, attempting to cure himself of violence and finding – through his discovery of a tribe of blind children, one of them a compassionate young woman named Eve (see Adam and Eve) – reason to begin to think about ...

Ridgway, Jim

(1948-    ) UK psychologist and computer systems analyst, currently a professor emeritus at Durham University School of Education, who with Michele Benjamin edited the instructive reprint Anthology PsiFi: Psychological Theories and Science Fictions (anth 1987), featuring stories by Thomas M Disch, Robert A Heinlein, Keith Laumer, Ursula K Le Guin (with brief extracts from two different novels), Frederik Pohl and Bob Shaw (who also contributed an introduction). The stories ...

Tooker, Richard

(1902-1988) US author and editor who wrote also as Dick Presley Tooker; his first sf story, under that name, was the unsophisticated Planetary Romance "Planet Paradise", written when he was fifteen and revised for Weird Tales (February 1924). He wrote one of the prize-winning essays in the contest launched by Hugo Gernsback, "What Science Fiction Means To Me" (June 1929 Wonder Stories). Many of his early sf stories deal with some aspect of human primitivism. He is best remembered for The Day of ...

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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