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CBS Radio Workshop

Radio series (1956-1957). CBS Radio for the CBS Radio Network. Produced by William N Robson and William Froug. Directors included Robson, Dee Englebach, Jack Johnstone, and Elliott Lewis. 86 episodes, 25-30 minutes. / A short-lived attempt to revive both radio drama and the Columbia Workshop (1936-1943; 1946-1947) which CBS produced near the end of the US Golden Age of Radio, this programme was one of the best such ever broadcast, but was unable to compete with the rise of Television. ...

Fantasy Press

An early US Small Press specializing in sf/fantasy, historically important in the growth of genre-sf Publishing before sf was discovered by mass-market book houses. It was founded by Lloyd Arthur Eshbach in 1946, based in Reading, Pennsylvania. It published a number of works in hardcover by such authors as John W Campbell Jr, L Sprague de Camp, E E "Doc" Smith, Stanley G Weinbaum and Jack Williamson. It folded in 1958 at a time when small-press publishing was in crisis. Eshbach sold the company ...

Loriga, Ray

Working name of Spanish director, screenwriter and author Jorge Loriga Torrenova (1967-    ), who is of sf interest primarily for his tenth novel, Rendición (2017; trans Carolina de Robertis as Surrender 2020), set in an abstracted but violent Near Future world ravaged by constant War. The protagonists of the tale are relocated to a small and literally transparent City, a Dystopian Keep whose inhabitants are under constant surveillance; here they are subjected to ...

Elder, Michael

(1931-2004) London-born actor and author in various genres, in Scotland from about 1940, where he featured in at least 1000 radio broadcasts, though he was best known for his television role as the doctor in Take the High Road (1980-2003), a long-running soap opera. The first of his novels, The Affair at Invergarroch (1950), hints at the supernatural as an ancient cathedral is ransacked for treasure; he began writing sf proper with Paradise is Not Enough (1970) for Robert Hale Limited, a ...

Lewis, Sinclair

(1885-1951) US author, highly esteemed in the 1920s and 1930s for such novels as Main Street (1920) and Babbitt (1922), and first US winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, in 1930; but his reputation had much diminished before his death, and has not recovered. Lewis's first novel, Hike and the Aeroplane (1912) as by Tom Graham, is a juvenile centred on the Invention of a futuristic 200mph (320kph) aircraft. Arrowsmith (1925) may be less sf than fiction about science, contrasting the idealism ...

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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