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Meluch, R M

(1956-    ) US author whose first novel, Sovereign (1979), shows a competent grasp of the conventions and venues of sf adventure while at the same time refracting traditional material through an unusually complex protagonist, who is the precarious culmination of a Genetic Engineering programme haunted by the continuing image of his first enemy: his own father. There are, perhaps, too many additional enemies for plausibility – as the protagonist defeats them all, ...

Giant from the Unknown

Film (1958; vt Giant from Devil's Crag). Screencraft Enterprises/Astor Pictures Corporation. Produced by Arthur A Jacobs. Written by Frank Hart Tauss and Ralph Brooke. Directed by Richard E Cunha (credited as Richard Cunha). Makeup by Jack Pierce. Cast includes Morris Ankrum, Buddy Baer, Sally Fraser and Ed Kemmer (credited as Edward Kemmer). 77 minutes. Black and white. / In the sixteenth century, Vargas the Giant (Baer) – a depraved, degenerate Conquistador of great size – and ...

De Mendelssohn, Peter

(1908-1982) German author of Jewish birth, born Peter von Mendelssohn, whose publishing career, which began in 1930, was interrupted by exile after 1933; by World War Two he was a UK citizen, though he returned to Munich in 1970. His sf novel, Fortress in the Skies: A Tale (1943; vt The Hours and the Centuries: A Tale 1944) as by Peter Mendelssohn, which was written in English, sets a Utopia in a deserted mountain redoubt sometime hence, where civilized values are preserved against insensate ...

Dolgov, Boris

(?   -?   ) US illustrator, sometimes signing himself just Dolgov, of whom almost nothing is known except that he worked in New York on Illustrations for the Pulps, serving alongside such artists as Virgil Finlay and Hannes Bok at Weird Tales during the 1940s and early 1950s; his middle initial may have been "I". He and Bok did some work together, signing it with the joint pseudonym Dolbokov. With or without Bok, although Dolgov worked for various magazines, such ...

Timlett, Peter Valentine

(1933-    ) UK author whose sf/fantasy Atlantis trilogy – The Seed Bearers (1974; vt The Seedbearers 1976), The Power of the Serpent (1976) and Twilight of the Serpent (1977) – deals in occasionally occult terms with Atlantis and its fall, moving subsequently to the founding of civilization in Britain by survivors of the collapse, who hope that Atlantean impulses might be preserved on the new Island. [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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