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Wallace, Doreen

Working name of UK author Dora Eileen Agnew Wallace Rash (1897-1989), author of much popular fiction over a 65-year career. Forty Years On (1958) is set in the fens of Eastern England on the Isle of Ely (in fact not an island but a marsh-surrounded raised village surmounted by the famous cathedral) after a nuclear Holocaust, which had the virtue of solving at one blow the problem of Overpopulation. Here, under pastoral guidance, a chaste rural Fabian Utopia is soon founded (see Cosy ...

Ma Jian

(1953-    ) Chinese-born painter, photographer and author, in Britain since 1999 and naturalized as a British subject, whose anti-Communist writings made him persona non grata in his native land. His exile status has not only conferred upon him an international celebrity, but also a removal from the traditional chronology of bibliography, with some of his books appearing first in translation, preceding the publication of the original texts in Chinese. Banned in mainland ...

Escape [radio]

Radio drama series (1947-1954). CBS Radio network. Produced by Norman MacDonnell (1916-1979). Directors included MacDonnell and William N Robson (1906-1995). Writers included Les Crutchfield, John Dunkel, Antony Ellis, Kathleen Hite, John Meston and Robert Tallman. Announcers: William Conrad and Paul Frees, often with Roy Rowan as a secondary announcer/narrator. 228 30-minute episodes. / Escape was primarily an adventure-mystery programme, but included much sf, Fantasy, and Horror among its ...

Millard, Joseph

(1908-1989) US author in several genres who began publishing sf with "The Crystal Invaders" for Thrilling Wonder Stories in January 1941, and was active in the field for a few years, a period which included the magazine release of his only novel, The Gods Hate Kansas (November 1941 Startling; rev 1964), a routine adventure involving manipulation of humans by Aliens. It was filmed, dreadfully, as They Came from Beyond Space (1967). [JC] see also: Invasion; A R Steber. /

Science Fiction Poetry Association

The Science Fiction Poetry Association was founded in 1978 by Suzette Haden Elgin to promote a wide range of Poetry (from sf to horror) through the publication of a bimonthly journal, Star*Line, edited by Robert Frazier, and the annual presentation of the Rhysling Award; Rhysling was the blind poet in "The Green Hills of Earth" (8 February 1947 Saturday Evening Post) by Robert A Heinlein. [JC] links / The Science Fiction Poetry Association

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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