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Ball, Frank P

(1908-1970) US solicitor, publisher and author whose self-published Utopia, My Wondrous Dream (1923), may be set in Atlantis, as its protagonist falls asleep while reading Ignatius Donnelly's Atlantis: The Antediluvian World (1882), though his adventures soon depart radically from any Donnellian hypothesis, taking off from Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726; rev 1735), as he finds himself a giant (see Great and Small) in a Lilliputian land. At this point the tale becomes morally ...

Starfarers of Catan

Board Game (1999). Catan. Designed by Klaus Teuber. / Starfarers of Catan is a spinoff from Settlers of Catan (1995 Catan) designed by Klaus Teuber, which was the first product of the "German School" of Board Game design to achieve mass popularity outside continental Europe. German style games such as Settlers are characterized by an emphasis on ease of use and playability over simulational accuracy. Where Settlers positions its players as colonizers of an uninhabited island, Starfarers ...

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi

Film (1983). Lucasfilm/Twentieth Century Fox. Executive producer George Lucas. Directed by Richard Marquand. Written by Lawrence Kasdan and Lucas, based on a story by Lucas. Cast includes Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, James Earl Jones (voice), Ian McDiarmid, Frank Oz (voice), David Prowse and Sebastian Shaw (masked). 132 minutes, re-released Special Edition 135 minutes (1997). Colour. / Crisp and entertaining for the most part, with dazzling special effects, Return of the Jedi ...

Burrage, A Harcourt

(1899-1951) UK author, one of several writers in the Burrage family: his father was Edwin Harcourt Burrage (1839-1916), the brother of Alfred Sherrington Burrage (1843-1906), whose son was Alfred McLelland Burrage (1889-1956) [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], best known of the clan. Though less prolific than his relatives, Burrage wrote several volumes of children's fiction, those of sf interest including The Secret Voyage: A Sea-Adventure Story for Boys (1937), in which an ...

Spencer, Leonard G

Ziff-Davis House Name used at least twice by Robert Silverberg and Randall Garrett in collaboration, for the stories "The Beast With 7 Tails" (August 1956 Amazing) and "The Girl from Bodies, Inc." (October 1956 Fantastic). A third Spencer story, "The Man with the X-Ray Eyes" (February 1957 Dream World), is identified by the Internet SF Database as being by the same collaborators but unlike the first two is not listed in Silverberg's bibliography at [DRL/PN]

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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