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Ingersoll, Ernest

(1852-1946) US naturalist, journalist – his column, The Natural History Club, appeared weekly from 1900 to 1938 – and author of much nonfiction, plus An Island in the Air: A Story of Singular Adventures in the Mesa Country (1905) a Lost World tale, the Island in question being an enclave hidden on the flat top of a mesa. [JC]

Lambe, Dean R

(1943-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Damn Shame" for Analog in September 1979; his one sf novel, The Odysseus Solution (1986) with Michael A Banks, pits humans (who win in the end) against their Alien rulers. [JC]

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

US tv series (1993-1997). December 3rd Productions/Warner Bros. Developed for television by Deborah Joy LeVine. Executive producers David Jacobs, Robert Singer; co-executive producers Deborah Joy LeVine, Jim Crocker; coproduced by Philip J Sgriucia, Jim Michaels, John McNamara; supervising producers Randall Zisk, Tony Blake & Paul Jackson. Writers include Crocker, Bryce Zabel, Robert Killebrew, Thania St John, Dan Levine. Directors include Zisk, Gene Reynolds, Mark Sobel, Robert Singer, ...

Coen, Franklin

(1912-1990) US screenwriter, of greatest sf relevance for the script for This Island Earth (1955). He is the co-author of a film Tie, Meteor (1979) with Edmund H North, novelizing the feature film Meteor (1979). [JC]

Penny, David G

(1950-    ) UK author of four sf novels for Robert Hale Limited, of which the most interesting may be The Sunset People (1975), set in a Ruined Earth long after a nuclear World War Three, where Mutants have proliferated until being scorched out of existence through the use of a cache of nuclear Weapons made available by Aliens; Starchant (1975), Sunshine 43 (1978) and Out of Time (1979) also contain moments of genuine darkness. [JC]

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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