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Blaine, John

Pseudonym of US author Harold Leland Goodwin (1914-1990) who specialized in sf-adventure novels for teenage readers. His books tended to emphasize the nuts and bolts of science and technology, and were more carefully written than most series books for teens. As Blake Savage he also wrote an sf novel for teens, Rip Foster Rides the Gray Planet (1952; vt Assignment in Space with Rip Foster 1958; vt Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet 1969). The protagonist is a newly graduated lieutenant ...

Norris, Frank

(1907-1967) US editor and author of an sf Satire, Nutro 29: A Romance (1950), in which the Invention of a Food Pill, which eliminates any need to treat feeding the world as subject to considerations of scarcity, is received coldly by those in power. He should not be confused with the author Frank Norris (1870-1902). [JC]

Pragnell, Festus

Working name of Frank William Pragnell (1905-1977), UK police constable, clerk and author who was known all his life by his father's first name, Festus (even in the 1911 census, his wedding banns and his own will: "Frank William, known as Festus"). He began to publish work of genre interest in the US Pulp magazines with "The Venus Germ" for Wonder Stories in November 1932 with R F Starzl, his own byline here being F Pragnell; one story, "Monsters of the Moon" (1937 Tales of Wonder) appeared as ...

Muller, Robert

(1925-1998) German author, playwright and screenwriter, in the UK from 1938. His sf novel is The Lost Diaries of Albert Smith (1965; vt After All, This Is England 1967), a Near Future Dystopia in which the consequences of a fascist takeover of Britain are examined. Also in the 1960s he adapted two stories by Isaac Asimov and one by Clifford D Simak for the BBC Television Anthology Series Out of the Unknown (1965-1971) and scripted a 1968 version of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; Or, the Modern ...

McConnell, Ashley

(?   -    ) US author, mostly of Ties, though her first novel, Unearthed (1992), is supernatural horror; she has also written fantasy. She is probably best known for her Ties to two Television series: Quantum Leap (1989-1993), beginning with Quantum Leap: The Novel (1992; vt Quantum Leap: Carny Knowledge 1993), and Stargate SG-1 (1997-2007), beginning with Stargate SG-1 (1998). Among her other tied novels are Highlander: Scimitar (1996) and Buffy the Vampire ...

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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