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Patchett, M E

(1897-1989) Australian author, long resident in the UK, whose dated but competent Children's SF novels include Kidnappers of Space (1953; vt Space Captives of the Golden Men 1953), a modestly told Space Opera; Adam Troy, Astroman (1954), whose hero protagonist, on assignment to colonize Mars, leaves Earth, which is about to be devastated by an asteroid, but returns to deal with the Monsters released from Underground by the great Disaster; Lost on Venus: The Thrilling Story of Two Boys Who Land ...

Earth Star Voyager

US made-for-tv film (1988). Marstar Productions, Walt Disney Television (see Disney on Television) . Created and written by Ed Spielman. Directed by James Goldstone. Cast includes Peter Donat, Brian McNamara, Lynette Mettey, Jason Michas, Julia Montgomery and Duncan Regehr. Two 96-minute parts. Colour. / Earth is becoming uninhabitable due to Pollution (see Disaster), but a probe from a vanished Spaceship, the Vanguard Explorer, had identified a possibly habitable planet, Demeter, 18.7 ...

Future Life

Letter-size saddle-stapled Media Magazine printed on a mixture of newsprint and glossy paper. Published by Future Magazine Incorporated, a subsidiary of O'Quinn Studios. Editors included Bob Woods and Herman Zimmerman. 31 issues April 1978 to December 1981. Publication schedule was generally monthly with some gaps after #16. / An attempt to establish a more science-fact oriented companion to Starlog, this magazine was initially entitled Future but with the March 1979 issue became Future ...

He, Joan

(?   -     ) US author whose first novel, the Young Adult Descendant of the Crane (2019), is fantasy. Her second novel, The Ones We're Meant to Find (2021), which is set in a world disrupted by Climate Change, follows the travels of two separated sisters (one of them the narrator) searching for one another in the midst of the Disaster, a reunion being necessarily clouded by the bad times they must attempt to occupy, as well as the problematics involving ...

La Hire, Jean de

Pseudonym of French author Adolphe d'Espie (1878-1956) who began his prolific career before 1900, publishing mainly as by La Hire, though he also wrote as by Commandant Cazal, Edmond Cazal, André Laumière, Arsène Lefort, John Vinegrower and Alexandre Zorka; he published many works of sf interest over the next half century or so, including La Roue Fulgurante (1908; trans Brian Stableford as The Fiery Wheel 2013), which Stableford in his introduction claims is the first sf ...

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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