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TARDIS

The well-known Time Machine in the television series Doctor Who; this device can also travel through interplanetary and interstellar space. Its "chameleon circuit" disguised it as an old-fashioned UK police telephone box prior to the first Doctor Who storyline and then (with rare later exceptions) ceased to function. As indicated by the capitals, the name is a somewhat ad-hoc acronym standing for Time And Relative Dimensions In Space. A further notable property of the TARDIS is that it is much ...

Garnett, Tay

Working name of US film director and author William Taylor Garnett (1884-1977), whose Lost Race novel, Man Laughs Back (1935), is set deep in the South American jungle, where a native civilization, descended from the Incas, is instrumental in keeping a foolhardy surveyor (and his team of twenty-six lads) from disaster. As a director, he is best known for The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946); of sf interest is A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1948), based on Mark Twain's novel. ...

MacLennan, Hugh

(1907-1990) Canadian author who early published two Dystopian tales, "The Finding of the Way" (29 April 1955 The Montrealer) and "Remembrance Day, 2010 A.D." (December 1957 The Montrealer), but almost all of whose works, like his second novel, Two Solitudes (1945), lay outside the field and were shaped by the search for a Canadian national myth. His only sf novel, Voices in Time (1980), whose Post-Holocaust frame story is set in Montreal in 2039 CE after a nuclear World War Three, reflects the ...

Drago, Ty

Working name of US author Anthony Charles Drago Jr (1960-    ) who began to publish work of genre interest with "Childspell" for Haunts in 1992. He founded the Online Magazine Allegory (formerly known as Peridot Books) in 1998. His Near Future near-space tale, Phobos (2003), interweaves scientific intrigue on the eponymous Moon of Mars and mounting political strife between the Mars Colony and Earth. The Undertakers, starting with Rise of the Corpses (2011) is a Young Adult ...

Masson, Richard

(1943-2013) UK sailor and author whose work was restricted to the Young Adult market. Of sf interest is Boonie (2013), set in a Dystopian Near Future land whose rulers tyrannize those outside the privileged within the City. With its emphasis on the desperate hardscrabble existence of anyone deprived of water in a world where rain no longer falls, the tale enforces a rigorous focus on issues of Ecological devastation, some passages being suitably painful to read. The alliance between the young ...

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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