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Ardies, Tom

(1931-    ) US author, mostly of crime fiction, whose borderline Near Future Sparrow sequence – Their Man in the White House (1971), This Suitcase Is Going to Explode (1972) and Pandemic (1973), the Pandemic in question being an almost universally fatal manufactured flu – sees America at risk of Russian skulduggery, though Charlie Sparrow stands in the way. [JC]

Colonization of Other Worlds

The idea of colonizing the other worlds of our solar system has had an uncertain history because the optimism of sf writers has constantly been subverted and contradicted by the discoveries of Astronomy. The attractions of the idea have, however, always overridden cautionary pessimism, and the reluctant acceptance of the inhospitability of local planets has served only to increase interest in colonizing the worlds of other stars (see Galactic Empires). / The example of the British Empire ...

Legge, Ronald

(?   -?   ) US or UK author of a Ruritanian romance, The Admirable Davis (24 July-?? 1907 The Ottawa Citizen; 1909), and of The Hawk: A Story of Aerial War (1909), a Future War tale in which France and Germany mount an Invasion of Britain via a secret Channel Tunnel, only to be thwarted, once their troops have assembled on English turf, by a swarm of futuristic bombers. [JC]

Wood, Wally

Working name of American artist Wallace A Wood (1927-1981), sometimes credited as Wallace Wood or simply Wood. After military service, the largely self-trained Wood received some instruction at New York's Cartoonists and Illustrators School in 1948 and did some minor work for newspaper Comic strips before shifting to comic books; one of his early collaborators was the young Harry Harrison, a fellow illustrator who later became the famed sf writer. After joining EC Comics in 1949, the pair ...


One of the wittier items of sf Terminology, coined by Frederik Pohl as "corpse-sicle" in his contribution to the Cryonics symposium – also including Robert C W Ettinger – "Immortality Through Freezing" (August 1966 Worlds of Tomorrow), and contracted to "corpsicle" in Pohl's novel The Age of the Pussyfoot (1969). Formed on the analogy of "popsicle", a US ice-lollipop, the word refers to a frozen dead person, preserved in the hope of resuscitation in some hypothetical, medically ...

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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