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President Vanishes, The

Film (1934). Walter Wanger Productions. Directed by William A Wellman. Written by Lynne Starling, based on The President Vanishes (1934) by Rex Stout (anonymous). Cast includes Edward Arnold, Arthur Byron, Peggy Conklin, Andy Devine, Paul Kelly, Rosalind Russell. 80 minutes. Black and white. / In the Near Future, with Europe already engaged in what looks like World War Two, ...

Connington, J J

Pseudonym for all his fiction of Scots author and chemistry professor Alfred Walter Stewart (1880-1947), coiner of the term "isobar" in the sense which (complementing "isotope") describes elements of the same atomic weight but with different atomic numbers. As a writer, he is best known for his 25 detective novels and for his one sf novel, Nordenholt's Million (1923). An early story of world-Disaster being surmounted, it is realistic, reasoned, ...

Miller, Jimmy

Working name of US author born Jane Curley (?   -    ), married to Warren Miller from 1958 until his death. The Big Win (1969) is a noisy but sometimes effective Post-Holocaust quest story which moves eventually into space, as the protagonists search for the Chinese war criminal who caused the manufactured Pandemic that has decimated the rest of ...


A stargate is a popular name, in sf Terminology, for a Matter Transmission or Wormhole portal that facilitates interstellar transport. Stephen Robinett's Stargate (June-August 1974 Analog as by Tak Hallus; 1976) offers an early instance of the term, though preceded by Arthur C ...

Francis, Matthew

(1956-    ) UK poet, editor and author whose sf novel, Whom (1989), is set in an America secretly governed by a vast Computer and ravaged by fundamentalist anxieties (see Religion); the tale itself includes Timeslip episodes, plus some mild-mannered Satire, and intimations of that Holocaust and rapture will soon ...

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 ...

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