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West, Julian

Pseudonym of unidentified UK author (?   -?   ); Julian West is the name of the protagonist of Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888). The novel published under this name (see Sequels by Other Hands), My Afterdream: A Sequel to the Late Mr Bellamy's Looking Backward (1900), is a spoofish Satire on the original Utopia, carrying to "logical" extremes various practices advocated by Bellamy, in order to ridicule them. [JC]

Hubschman, Thomas

(1941-    ) US author of two Space Opera adventures, Alpha-II (dated 1979 but 1980) and Space Ark (1981); the latter attempts, with some ambition, to conflate complex Apes as Human issues on a threatened Earth some time in the future, but tends to melodramatics that, in the light of the New Space Opera now ascendant, seem simplistic. [JC]

Lewis, Anthony R

(1941-    ) US bibliographer who compiled, solo and with others, various indexes for the New England Science Fiction Association (NESFA) and its publishing division NESFA Press. These include The N.E.S.F.A. Index to the Science Fiction Magazines and Original Anthologies, 1966 (1969 chap), 1967 (1968 chap), 1968 (1969 chap), 1969 (1970 chap), 1966-1970 (1971 chap), 1971-1972 (1973 chap) with Andrew Adams Whyte, 1973 (1974 chap) with Whyte, 1974 (1975 chap) with Whyte and ...

Time Masters

Franco-Hungarian animated film (1982); original title Les Maîtres du temps. Télécip, TF1 Films Production. Directed by René Laloux. Written by René Laloux, Jean-Patrick Manchette and Moebius (Jean Giraud). Voice cast includes Michel Elias, Frédéric Legros, Yves-Marie Maurin, Monique Thierry and Jean Valmont. 79 minutes. Colour. / When his parents are killed by brain-eating Frelons, the child Piel (Legros) is left alone in a strange forest on ...

Love and Rockets

US Comic book created in 1981 by the brothers Gilbert (1957-    ), Jaime and Mario Hernandez. #1, self-published, featured a 40pp future-apocalyptic chase-thriller, "BEM", by Gilbert; it introduced tail-chasing supersleuth Castle Radium as well as Luba, a continuing star of much of Gilbert's output. Also in #1 were some short pieces by Jaime; one of these, "Mechan-X", introduced the characters Maggie, Hopey and Rand Race, who featured in #2's 40pp story "Mechanics", which ...

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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