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Allan, Angus P

(?   -    ) Author of Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future (1977), a mediocre Tie to the famous Eagle space-adventure Comic strip Dan Dare – Pilot of the Future, novelizing the original Dan Dare story which ran from 1950. [DRL]

Monty Python's Flying Circus

UK tv series (1969-1974). A BBC production. Produced by Ian MacNaughton. Created, starring and written by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin. Other regular actors included Connie Booth, Carol Cleveland, Neil Innes (final series) and Ian MacNaughton. Four series comprising 45 episodes of 25-30 minutes. Colour. / The anarchic/surreal Humour of this Television comedy-sketch series was hugely influential; its innumerable spinoffs include books, ...

Reed, P Fishe

(1817-1887) US author whose Lost Race novel for boys, Beyond the Snow: Being a History of Trim's Adventures in Nordlichtschein (1873), carries its protagonist to the North Pole, where a civilization of abnormally tall and thin folk is discovered. [JC]

Borden, William

(1938-    ) US author whose sf Satire, Superstoe (1967), follows the eponymous Professor and his colleagues as they take over a Near Future America, transforming it into an enforced Utopia and imposing world peace through the use of nuclear weapons and germ warfare to convince their foes in Asia that they mean business; the effect, perhaps surprisingly, is sustainedly comic. [JC]

Léourier, Christian

(1948-    ) French author, author of Les montagnes du soleil (1972; trans anon as The Mountains of the Sun 1973), an interesting socio-anthropological novel mapping the rediscovery of Earth after a cataclysmic deluge (see Disaster; Religion; Ruins and Futurity). Léourier has since written principally for children. [MJ]

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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