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Garver, Ronald G

(1938-    ) US author known only for one, slightly inflamed, but otherwise unremarkable sf novel featuring UFOs: The Saucer People (1957). [JC]

Man from Atlantis, The

US tv series (1977-1978). Solow Productions for NBC TV. Created by Lee Katzin (who also directed the first episode). Special effects by Tom Fisher. Cast includes Victor Buono, Patrick Duffy and Belinda J Montgomery. The first four episodes, 90-minute telefilms, were followed by 13 50-minute episodes. Colour. / Following a violent storm at sea, a green-eyed stranger (Duffy) with gills and webbed hands is found nearly dead on a beach. He is revived by the attractive female Scientist Dr ...

Punchatz, Don Ivan

(1936-2009) US designer, animator and illustrator who concentrated in the latter capacity on fantasy, though he executed numerous sf covers, sometimes signing his name Don-Ivan Punchatz or just Don Punchatz. His work appeared frequently in Slick magazines like Omni, Playboy and Rolling Stone, and for such publishers as Ace Books, Avon, Dell, Signet/New American Library, Warner Books and others, where he did many reprint covers. His high-toned and rather cheerful hyperrealistic style made him ...

McKean, Dave

Working name of British artist David Jeff McKean (1963-    ), primarily known for his work in Comics and Graphic Novels, though he has also painted book covers and engaged in other activities. After attending Berkshire College of Art and Design from 1982 to 1986, McKean visited New York to seek work in the comics field and met Neil Gaiman, forming a friendship that would be central for some years to both their careers. Their first collaboration was Violent Cases (graph 1987 ...

Herrman, Louis

(1883-1980) UK-born zoologist and author, in South Africa from the early years of the twentieth century; he is the author of a Gulliver tale (see Jonathan Swift), In the Sealed Cave: Being a Modern Commentary on a Strange Discovery Made by Captain Lemuel Gulliver in the Year 1721 and Now Published from Manuscript Notes Recently Come to Light. A Scientific Fantasy (1935), the discovery being that of a tribe of Neanderthals (see Evolution; Lost Race; Prehistoric SF) on a Island in the Pacific. ...

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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