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McKinney, Jack

Collaborative pseudonym of Brian C Daley and James Luceno for a series of Ties to the Robotech Television series of Mecha cartoon adventures; also for the unrelated Black Hole Travel Agency sequence, about the threatened use of Earth as an amusement park for Aliens. [JC/DRL]

Doherty, G D

(1927-    ) UK editor. An English teacher and sf enthusiast, Doherty produced the Anthology Aspects of Science Fiction (anth 1959), designed for use in British secondary schools. A carefully chosen selection, it proved popular and successful among both pupils and teachers. Further anthologies similarly aimed were Second Orbit (anth 1965) and Stories from Science Fiction (anth 1966). Doherty also contributed articles to SF Horizons, SF Impulse (see Science Fantasy) and ...

D'Amato, Brian

(1962-    ) US sculptor, painter and author, son of Barbara D'Amato (1938-    ) and Anthony D'Amato (1937-2018), both writers; his essay on L Frank Baum's Oz, "The Wooden Gargoyles: Evil in Oz" – which was published as an afterword to his mother's mystery novel, Hard Road: A Cat Marsala Mystery (2001) – sharply but sympathetically examines some of the darker implications of Baum's work. D'Amato's first novel, Beauty (1992), grippingly narrates ...

Carr, Francis

(1834-1894) UK businessman and author Archimago: (or the New Zealander on the Ruins of London Bridge. A Satirical Work, Commencing I, Jno, formerly of the U. K. of G. B., etc) (1864 3vols), which uses the familiar image of the New Zealander to frame two visions of London's future: in the first, horseless carriages and flying vehicles manifest the commercial glories of Empire to come; in the second, the New Zealander is given a sight of 1864 rather on the lines of Gustave Doré's famous ...

Fail Safe

Film (1964). Max E Youngstein-Sidney Lumet. Directed by Sidney Lumet. Written by Walter Bernstein, based on Fail-Safe (13-27 October 1962 Saturday Evening Post; 1962) by Eugene L Burdick and Harvey Wheeler. Cast includes Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Dan O'Herlihy, Frank Overton and Fritz Weaver. 111 minutes. Colour. / A mistaken US nuclear attack on Moscow nearly initiates World War Three, a quandary resolved only by the US President's decision to bomb New York as an apologetic gesture. ...

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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