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Bulawayo, NoViolet

Pseudonym of Zimbabwean author academic and author Elizabeth Zandile Tshele (1981-    ), in US from early adulthood; active from around 2010. Her first novel, the nonfantastic We Need New Names (2013), was widely acclaimed. Her second, Glory (2022), is a strongly Satirical Beast Fable on the lines of George Orwell's Animal Farm: A Fairy Story (1945 chap) [for Beast Fable ...

Gowing, Sidney

(1877-1943) UK author who also wrote as by David Goodwin, as by John Goodwin (who should be distinguished from the real John C Goodwin), and as by John Tregillis. Much of his work for the Boys' Papers appeared as single-issue tales (here treated as individual titles) in the Boys' Friend Library, either reprinted from earlier sources or original, beginning with the nonfantastic Man to Man (1908) as by David ...

Lights Out

US tv series (1946-1952). Sponsored by the Admiral Corporation, others, for NBC-TV. Produced by Arch Oboler, Herbert B Swope Jr and Ernest Walling. Directors included William Corrigan, Kingman T Moore, Grey Lockwood and Delbert Mann. Writers included Fred Coe, George Leffert, Ernst Kinroy and A J Russell. Narrators: Jack La Rue, Frank Gallop. 160 30-minute episodes. Black and white. / This anthology series was among the first regular ...

Toy Game

Term used by this encyclopedia to describe a form of Videogame in which, unlike most Games, the player is given no explicit goals to achieve. Such games are typically simulations of a complex technological or sociological system which can be experimented with in the manner of a Toy; the US designer Will Wright has described his own contributions to the form as "software toys". The ...


Film (1960). Fairview Productions. Produced by Jack H Harris. Directed by Irvin S Yeaworth. Dinosaur animation by Tim Baar, Wah Chang. Dinosaur models designed by Marcel Delgado. Written by Dan E Weisbud, Jean Yeaworth from an original idea by Harris. Cast includes Kristina Hanson, Paul Lukather (Chuck), Gregg Martell, Ward Ramsey and Alan Roberts. 85 minutes. Colour. / Bart Thompson (Ramsey) is in charge of a construction crew working on an unnamed Caribbean ...

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 ...

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