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Corley, James

(1947-    ) UK author and computer programmer whose first novel, Benedict's Planet (1976), combines Space Opera and some rather technical speculations about the possibility of Faster-than-Light travel in a somewhat overcrowded tale in which the discoverer of a new source of fuel runs into complex trouble. Neither Orsini Godbase (1978) nor Sundrinker (1980), written for Robert Hale Limited, proved significantly more ambitious as novels. Corley was also prolific in the late ...

Slater, Ian

(1941-    ) Australian-born political scientist and author, in Canada from the 1970s; most of his singletons, beginning with Firespill (1977), are Technothrillers, sometimes involving Disasters beyond the yet-experienced, and Technology-driven solutions. Of more direct sf interest is the World War III sequence beginning with WW III: World War III (1990), in which World War Three between (mainly) America and the USSR begins in a not exactly specified Near Future. Various ...

Men into Space

US tv series (1959-1960). CBS-TV. Produced by Lewis J Rachmil. Writers included Jerome Bixby, Meyer Dolinsky, David Duncan and Ib Melchior. Directors included Alan Crosland Jr, Nathan Juran, and Lee Sholem. Writers included Jerome Bixby, Stuart J Byrne, Mike Dolinsky and David Duncan. One season, 38 episodes. Black and white. / Men into Space stands alone as Television's most significant contribution to the tradition of the Spacesuit Film, as it endeavoured to depict realistically how ...

d'Arch Smith, Timothy

(1936-    ) UK bibliographer, antiquarian bookseller, and author, whose wit and scholarly predilections – Montague Summers (see Bibliographies), Aleister Crowley, rock 'n' roll, and cricket (see Games and Sports) – inform his contribution to the genre. Alembic (1992) is a work of Hard SF that joins alchemy, rock 'n' roll (see Music), sex magic (see Magic), and a sharp Satire of the workings of British government departments. In the basement laboratories and drab ...

Spindizzy

One of the best-loved items of sf Terminology. The spindizzy is the Antigravity Invention used to drive flying Cities through the Galaxy at Faster-than-Light speeds in James Blish's Okie series. This was collected as Cities in Flight (omni 1970), though Blish was using the term as early as 1950 – notably in "Bindlestiff" (December 1950 Astounding), incorporated into the first-published Okie novel Earthman, Come Home (April 1950-November 1953 var mags; fixup 1955; cut 1958). He gave 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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