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Hagberg, David

(1942-2019) US author who has published prolifically under his own name and various pseudonyms, including David Bannerman, Sean Flannery, David James, Robert Pell and Eric Ramsey, usually thrillers that sometimes venture into Technothriller country, though not into the fantastic as such. He began publishing novels of genre interest with The Capsule (1976), in which a secret Weapon evolved out of the rubble of World War Two must be found and its possessors thwarted or the world will end (see ...

Grateful Dead

US rock band, formed in 1965 in San Francisco. With a core group of enduring musicians, augmented by a series of keyboard players, the band was long led by Jerome "Jerry" Garcia (1942-1995) as lead vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter, though rhythm guitarist Robert "Bob" Weir (1947-    ) later emerged as a co-leader of sorts, composing many songs and singing about half of the tracks at their concerts. After Garcia's death, other band members have continued to play together ...

Palumbo, David

(1982-    ) American artist, son of artist Julie Bell and sf scholar Donald E Palumbo, and brother of artist Anthony Palumbo. He received formal training at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts from 2000 to 2004 and was informally mentored by his mother and his stepfather Boris Vallejo. He then became active in a number of areas, including exhibitions of his fine art, advertising, gaming art, and Comics, earning special recognition for his regular contributions to Heavy ...

Maurice, Michael

Pseudonym of UK clergyman, teacher and author Conrad Arthur Skinner (1889-1975), whose sf novel Not in Our Stars (1923) can be forgiven its confused science – giant meteorites are supposed to cause perturbations in spacetime, Time Distortions sufficient to reverse its flow for the protagonist – because of the odd intensity of the tale. Awakening in a death cell after a meteor strike, he is executed and then begins to relive his life (each day passing normally, but with him awakening ...

Favreau, Jon

(1966-    ) US filmmaker and actor, who has worked his way diligently up the directorial lists by a willingness to take on a wide range of studio projects across a range of fantasy genres. Already an established screen actor by the mid-nineties, he wrote and/or directed a series of films with Vince Vaughn, beginning with Swingers (1996), as well as a number of films and series episodes for television. After a hit with the Christmas comedy Elf (2003), he directed the ...

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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