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Anderson, Maxwell

(1888-1959) US journalist, teacher, screenwriter and playwright, active from around 1910, his first play "White Desert" being performed in 1923; he frequently espoused pacifist arguments in his work, and gained perhaps a reputation for steely intransigence that the plays themselves, which combine the homely and the sonorous (occasionally in blank verse), did not entirely warrant. He wrote the script for one fantasy film, Death Takes a Holiday (1934) directed by Mitchell Leisen, in which the ...

Boston, John

(1948-    ) US lawyer, long-term sf fan, and author with Damien Broderick of a useful overview of Science Fantasy magazine – Strange Highways: Reading Science Fantasy, 1950-1967 (2013) – and two volumes similarly covering New Worlds: Building New Worlds, 1946-1959: The Carnell Era, Volume One (2013) and New Worlds: Before the New Wave, 1960-1964: The Carnell Era, Volume Two (2013). Also with Broderick, he edited The Daymakers: Selected Stories from Science ...

Robbins, Judith Redman

(1941-    ) US author of the Coyote Woman trilogy beginning with Coyote Woman (1996), a Prehistoric SF sequence set in the time of the Anasazi civilization and following the life story of a young woman who, instead of marrying as ordained, becomes a force for good in her world (see Feminism; Women in SF) and culture changer. [JC]

Blot, Thomas

Pseudonym of US author William Simpson (1828-1910). In his sf novel The Man from Mars: His Morals, Politics and Religion (1891) the eponymous telepathic traveller tells of his Utopian world. Unfortunately – if his desire was to communicate widely – the human he contacts is a hermit. [JC]

Wizard of Mars, The

Film (1965; vt Horrors of the Red Planet). American General Pictures. Directed by David L Hewitt. Written by David L Hewitt, based on a story by Armando Busick and David L Hewitt inspired by the novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) by L Frank Baum. Cast includes Eve Bernhardt, John Carradine, Roger Gentry, Vic McGee and Jerry Rannow. 85 minutes. / Four astronauts from Earth – Steve (Gentry), Doc (McGee), Charlie (Rannow), and Dorothy (Bernhardt) – on a mission to orbit and ...

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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