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Catran, Ken

(1944-    ) New Zealand screen-writer and author, frequently of crime novels; included in his production of Young Adult titles are of two Young Adult series of sf interest: the Deepwater sequence, later televised, and beginning with Deepwater Black (1992); and the Solar Colonies sequence beginning with Doomfire on Venus (1993). His New Zealand television credits include ...

Byrne, Monica

(1981-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Comedy at Kualoa" in Electric Velocipede #21/#22 for Fall 2010. Her first novel, The Girl in the Road (2014), is largely set in a Near Future some decades hence in which Africa is the newest superpower, India occupies the former superpower role of the faded USA, and a remarkable pontoon bridge known as the Trail ...

Night that Panicked America, The

Made-for-tv film (1975). ABC TV. Directed by Joseph Sargent. Written by Nicholas Meyer, Anthony Wilson, based partly on the text of the original 1938 Radio play War of the Worlds by Howard Koch. Cast includes Michael Constantine, Cliff De Young, Vic Morrow and Paul Shenar. 100 minutes, cut to 78 minutes. Colour. / The film recreates the 1938 Orson ...

Journal of Frankenstein, The

US letter-size Cinema magazine printed on a mix of newsprint and slick paper. Published by New World Enterprises Syndicated. Editor: Victor Frankenstein III, a pseudonym for the publisher Calvin T Beck. One undated issue, 1959. / This was Beck's first effort at a Monster Movies magazine; though of good quality, it was not successful enough to justify further issues. The most interesting item was a long article on actor Boris ...

Wood, William

(?   -    ) UK author whose sf novel The News from Karachi (1962) posits a Near Future world afflicted by a rolling succession of plagues, perhaps triggered by uncontrolled testing of nuclear weapons (see Nuclear Energy; World War Three). Mutant fauna have been to proliferate. The Prime Minister of a pan-European ...

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 ...



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