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Light, John

(1943-    ) UK poet and author, who began publishing sf for Robert Hale Limited with the Annals of Lavandrei sequence comprising The Well of Time (1981), The Lords of Hate (1997) and Conspiracy of the Dead (2004), Space Opera adventures consistent with Hale's requirements. In the Melgor Erdin sequence comprising No Space in Time (2002) and Tower Beyond Time (2003) Erdin, who has dislocated time-space in the first volume, attempts to restore matters in the second, an ...

Wonder Stories

1. US SF Magazine which began as Science Wonder Stories, letter-size, with twelve monthly issues, June 1929 to May 1930, and then merged with Air Wonder Stories as Wonder Stories for a further 66 issues from June 1930 to April 1966, continuing the volume numbering from Science Wonder. Published by Hugo Gernsback's Stellar Publishing Corporation June 1929 to October 1933, and by Gernsback's Continental Publications, Inc November 1933 to April 1936. David Lasser was managing editor until October ...

Immortality

Immortality is one of the basic motifs of speculative thought; the elixir of life and the fountain of youth are hypothetical goals of classic intellectual and exploratory quests. What is usually involved is, strictly speaking, extreme longevity and freedom from ageing, if not actual Rejuvenation – the uselessness of the former without the latter is reflected in the myth of Tithonus and in Jonathan Swift's account of the Struldbruggs in Gulliver's Travels (1726; rev 1735). / One thing ...

Damned, The

Film (1961; vt These Are the Damned). Hammer/Swallow. Directed by Joseph Losey. Written by Evan Jones, based on The Children of Light (1960) by Henry L Lawrence. Cast includes MacDonald Carey, Shirley Ann Field, Alexander Knox, Viveca Lindfors and Oliver Reed. 96 minutes, cut to 87 minutes (UK) and to 77 minutes (US). Black and white. / Made in the UK by expatriate US director Losey, this film so dismayed the distributors, Columbia, that they kept it on the shelf for two years before ...

Houghton, Claude

Working name of UK author Claude Houghton Oldfield (1889-1961), known primarily outside the sf field. Unfit for active service in World War One, he served in the Admiralty. Some pining frustration at a missed destiny can be detected in the poems assembled as his first book, The Phantom Host and Other Verses (coll 1917 chap); the Pastoral calm depicted in the titular verse-drama from The Tavern of Dreams: A Volume of Verse (coll 1919 chap) is soon disrupted by a Mysterious Stranger whose war ...

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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