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Conrad, Earl

(1912-1986) US author, fairly prolific and sometimes controversial. His sf comprises a Near-Future novel, The Premier (1963), in which a Black segregationist creates a separatist Black state in Western America; and a collection of short stories, The Da Vinci Machine: Tales of the Population Explosion (coll of linked stories 1969), set in various futures postulated (and perhaps brought into being) by the eponymous machine. [JC]

MacColl, Hugh

(1837-1909) Scottish mathematician of some eminence (though forgotten until recently in the UK) and author of Mr Stranger's Sealed Packet (1889), an interplanetary Scientific Romance couched as Children's SF, which describes an Antigravity-powered journey via Spaceship to Mars, and the discovery there of two races of Earth origin, one of which has attained a Utopian ideal (see Life on Other Worlds). Although lacking the depths of Percy Greg's influential Across the Zodiac (1880), the book ...

Cowdrey, Albert E

(1933-    ) US author on the medical branches of the American military, formerly Chief of the Special History Branch of the US Army, and fantasy and sf author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Lucky People" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in February 1968 as by Chet Arthur, and continued under his own name with "The Familiar" (March 1997 F&SF), one of several Azalea Place, New Orleans tales; he won a World Fantasy Award for "Queen for ...

TransVersions

Canadian Digest-size Small Press Semiprozine published by Island Speciality Reports, Victoria for the first eight issues, Autumn 1994 to Spring/Summer 1998, and then by Paper Orchid Press, Toronto. Edited by Dale L Sproule and Sally McBride through to issue #10 (Spring 1999) and then by Marcel Gagne and Sally Tomasevic. Issue #8/9 was a double issue, so that there were only ten print issues ending with #11 for Winter (December) 1999. An additional issue was released as an anthology in November ...

High Treason

Film (1929). Gaumont. Directed by Maurice Elvey. Written by L'Estrange Fawcett, based on a play by Noel Pemberton-Billing. Cast includes James Carew, Basil Gill, Benita Hume and Jameson Thomas. 95 minutes, cut to 69 minutes. Black and white. / This forgotten curiosity, one of the earliest UK sound movies, was quite a big film in its day, when it was seen as a kind of English Metropolis (1926) – a comparison that does not for an instant hold water. Set in the world of 1940 (a Channel ...

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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