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Castle, Jeffery Lloyd

Working name of Geoffrey Lloyd Castle (1898-1990), UK author and aeronautical engineer who served in the Royal Field Artillery and then the Royal Flying Corps during World War One, and again in the former in World War Two. He was married to the author Margery Sharp (1905-1991) [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. His first sf novel, Satellite E One (1954), deals somewhat eccentrically with the scientific details surrounding the construction of a Space Station. His second, ...

War Game, The

Made-for-tv film (1965). BBC/Pathé Contemporary. Produced, directed and written by Peter Watkins. Narrators Michael Aspel, Dick Graham. 50 minutes, cut to 47 minutes. Black and white. / This pseudo-documentary about a nuclear attack on England and its aftermath in a small town in Kent was refused a showing by BBC TV, though made for them, on the grounds that it was too realistic and might disturb audiences – as indeed it was designed to do. Since then it has had a wide ...

Chapman, D D

(1926-1992) US zoologist, academic and author of Red Tide (1975) with Deloris Lehman Tarzan (whom see for details). [JC]

Normand, Charles

(?   -?   ) French author of L'émeraude des Incas (28 November 1891-5 March 1892 Petit France Illustré; 1892; trans S A B Harvey as The Emerald of the Incas: A Story of the Peruvian Empire 1917), in which a brave Peruvian with links to ancient Incas attempts to mount a revolt against his European masters, basing himself and his colleagues in a Lost World deep Underground beneath Manco-Capec. [JC]

Robu, Cornel

(1938-2016) Romanian lecturer in literature (at Cluj-Napoca University) and sf critic, some of whose many articles have appeared in English, including "A Key to Science Fiction: The Sublime" (Spring 1988 Foundation #42) and "Milestones in Postwar Romanian Science Fiction" (Summer 1990 Foundation). Panorama romanului românesc contemporan: 1944-1974 ["Panorama of the Contemporary Romanian Novel: 1944-1974"] (1974) with Ion Vlad is a useful survey, and includes sf authors. He edited the ...

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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