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Paterson, Arthur Elliott

(1920-2010) US journalist and author whose Venus: One World Nearer Paradise? (1961) describes the first Space Flight to Venus. [JC]

Starfall

Role Playing Game (2015). Wordplay Games. Written by Paul Mitchener, based on the Wordplay game system by Graham Spearing. / Small Press Horror in SF roleplaying game that mines the transition of the gritty, pessimistic tenor (see Optimism and Pessimism) of the UK-specific Scientific Romance to the mainstream of Television and Cinema in the wake of World War Two. / Giant, beetle-like Aliens dubbed "Scarabs" destroy earth's twelve most populous Cities in the autumn of 1951, fortifying ...

Omega

Hungarian prog-rock band, reputedly the most successful rock act in Hungarian history. Their international success owes something to their habit of releasing both Hungarian- and English-language versions of their studio albums; although the heavily accented and sometimes unidiomatic vocal expression on the latter detract from the effectiveness of the whole. Időrabló (1976), re-recorded in English and released as Time Robber (1977) touches, in its lengthy opening track, on Time ...

Cox, Arthur Jean

(1929-2016) US fan and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Twilight Planet" (June 1951 F&SF) as Arthur J Cox; he also wrote as Ralph Carghill, Jean Cox, Gene Cross, William Dean and John Thames Rokesmith. His first novel was Nude in Orbit (1968) as by Gene Cross, a spicy "adult" murder mystery in which the titular naked woman is found floating in space (see Crime and Punishment). Selected stories and a second sf detective novel – set in the Asteroid belt and ...

McCutchan, Philip

(1920-1996) UK author, a Sandhurst attendee (though not graduate, as war service took him in 1939), responsible for work in various genres, including a number of historical adventures as by Duncan MacNeil. Of his numerous thrillers, most of which occupy territories subjacent to the James Bond books, several are sf, the majority of these in the twenty-two volumes of his Commander Shaw series, beginning with Gibraltar Road (1960) and ending with Burnout (1995). Of these, Skyprobe (1966), The ...

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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