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Elwood, Roger

(1943-2007) US author and editor who published a large amount of nonfiction from about 1960, and began his main career, as editor, with a number of reprint Anthologies in the 1960s – though in fact those published under his own name were ghost-edited by Sam Moskowitz; those ostensibly in collaboration with Moskowitz or Vic Ghidalia were packaged by Elwood but not edited by him. Another 1960s venture was his editorship of the very short-lived The Official Munsters Magazine (one undated ...

Alexander, Thea Plym

(1936-    ) US author of 2150: "The Macro Love Story" (1971 as by Don and Thea Plym; exp vt 2150 A.D. as by Thea Alexander 1976), in which a pacific vegetarian Utopia is promulgated on the lines also laid down in the original authors' A Macro Philosophy for the Aquarian Age (1971); she was listed as solo author of the similar The Prophetess: Conversations with Rama. Book Four of the How to Develop series (1972). [JC]

Griffith, Nicola

(1960-    ) UK author resident in the US from 1989; married to Kelley Eskridge. She began publishing work of genre interest with "An Other Winter's Tale" for Network in Autumn 1987, and attracted wide attention with her first novel, Ammonite (1993), a late and sophisticated traversal of the themes – and the venues through which those themes have typically been expressed – of Feminism in sf. Her female protagonist, who is both agent and victim of an interstellar, ...


Film (1986). New Line/Smart Egg/Sho films. Directed by Stephen Herek. Written by Herek, Dominic Muir, with additions by Opper. Cast includes Billy Green Bush, Scott Grimes, Don Opper, Dee Wallace Stone and M Emmet Walsh. 86 minutes, cut to 85 minutes. Colour. / Small furry carnivorous Aliens with voracious appetites and large teeth (very clearly modelled on the creatures in Joe Dante's Gremlins [1984]) besiege a farmhouse in Kansas and are driven off with the help of alien bounty-hunters. ...

Small, Austin J

(1894-1929) UK adventure and thriller author, born Austin Major Small, though his death certificate gives Austin James Small; in the US he published under his own name, while in the UK his books usually appeared as by Seamark. He wrote three novels of sf interest. The Man They Couldn't Arrest (1925) is a mystery novel incorporating unusual devices and Inventions into the plot. In Master Vorst (1926; vt The Death Maker 1926) the London Secret Society's insane plan to kill off the human race by ...

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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