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Tall, Stephen

Pseudonym of US biology professor and author Compton Newby Crook (1908-1981), who began his writing career under various undisclosed pseudonyms in the 1930s; none of this early work, which has not been satisfactorily traced, seems to have been sf, which he began publishing as Tall with "The Lights on Precipice Peak" for Galaxy in October 1955. He did not begin to be active in the field until more than a decade later, becoming known initially for the Stardust sequence, beginning with The ...

Lennon, J Robert

(1970-    ) US author whose earlier works, though they occasionally imply the fantastic, can be understood in terms of a heated, surreally dense naturalism. In its depiction of a small town transfigured by a domineering entrepreneur, Happyland (cut version July-October 2006 Harper's; 2013 ebook) edges into the Horror inscape of a writer like Jonathan Carroll; Familiar (2012), on the other hand, can be read as a genuine sf novel. Its protagonist, a middle-aged woman trapped ...

Gibbons, Stella

(1902-1989) UK journalist and author whose best-known novel, Cold Comfort Farm (1932), is set in a moderately explicit Near Future, sometime after the 1946 Anglo-Nicaraguan War, when videophones and private airplanes are common. The story itself, a savagely comic Parody of epiphany-choked rural novels as written by D H Lawrence (1885-1930) and in particular Mary Webb (1881-1927) with Precious Bane (1924), uses the sf frame primarily as a distancing device. In the more broadly humorous prequel, ...

Sci-Fi TV

US letter-size saddle-stapled Media Magazine printed on slick paper. Published by Starlog Group Inc. Editor: David McDonnell. Eight bimonthly issues (?), 1998 to 2000. / This short-lived companion to Starlog focused exclusively on current Television programming in the Fantasy and sf genres. This included such contemporary series as Babylon 5 (1993-1998), Hercules: the Legendary Journeys (1995-1999) and Star Trek: Voyager (1995-2001) among many others. There were also interviews with ...

Mad Max 2

Film (1981; vt The Road Warrior). Kennedy Miller Entertainment. Directed by George Miller. Written by Terry Hayes, Miller, Brian Hannant. Cast includes Mel Gibson, Emil Minty, Kjell Nilsson, Mike Preston and Bruce Spence. 96 minutes. Colour. / The success of the first film in this series, Mad Max (1979), generated a bigger budget for this, the second. It was well used, and this is a more sophisticated film, more purely sf than its predecessor. The oil wars have left a devastated Ruined ...

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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