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Lieberman, Herbert

(1933-    ) US editor, journalist and author of several novels, most of which engage in scenarios involving flight and literal or metaphorical incarceration, but only one of which, Sandman, Sleep (1993), is sf. In the moderately distant Near Future, on a congested but psychically remote Island, a Mad Scientist father-figure conducts experiments in Genetic Engineering in his search for Immortality. References to H G Wells's The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896) are made at ...

Nicolson, Harold

(1886-1968) Persian-born UK diplomat, politician (National Labour MP 1935-1945) and author, married to V Sackville-West, knighted in 1953. His brief political association with Sir Oswald Mosley (1896-1980) clouded his name for some – though this relationship was terminated when Mosley founded the British Union of Fascists in 1932 – but in his later career he moved toward a more stable left-centrism. His Near Future sf novel Public Faces (1932), set in 1939, describes the ...

Wilson, Robert

(?   -    ) US author whose Science Fantasy tale Tentacles of Dawn (1978) is set mostly in a terrifying Underground world, from which its protagonist – who may have been transported there via Time Travel – eventually escapes (see Pocket Universe). [JC]

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

US tv series (1993-1999). Created by Rick Berman and Michael Piller, based on Star Trek (1966-1969) created by Gene Roddenberry. Producers include Berman, Piller, Peter Lauritson, Steve Oster, Ira Steven Behr, René Echevarria, and Ronald D Moore. Directors include David Livingston, Les Landau, Winrich Kolbe, Allan Kroeker, LeVar Burton, and Jonathan Frakes. Writers include Berman, Piller, Behr, Echevarria, Moore, Robert Hewitt Wolfe, Hans Beimler, Bradley Thompson, David Weddle, Peter ...

Hayes, William D

(?   -?   ) UK author of Mr Boyton – Merchant, Millionaire, and King (1899), in which the eponymous entrepreneur, having become king of Poland in the Near Future, defeats a German Invasion with a secret weapon (see Inventions). [JC]

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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