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Hervey, Maurice H

(circa 1854-?   ) UK journalist and author active at the end of the nineteenth century. The protagonist of his sf novel, David Dimsdale, M.D.: A Story of Past and Future (1897), awakens in 1920 (see Sleeper Awakes) to find ubiquitous electrical advances plus the daughter of the woman he'd loved in 1895. He ends up marrying the daughter. [JC]

Baraniecki, Marek

(1954-    ) Polish environmental engineer, journalist and author, who began publishing work of genre interest with "Karlgoro, godzina 18" ["Karlgoro, 6 p.m."] for Fantastyka in January 1983, stylistically rather conventional and plain but conceptually an invigorating meditation on the power of human spirit and mind versus chaos. The story involves a group of military mentalists supervised by a spiritual guru of incredible powers Psi Powers who unite their psychic abilities ...

Sissons, Michael

(1934-2018) UK literary agent from 1959 until his death, initially at the A D Peters agency which after a 1988 merger became Peters, Fraser and Dunlop (PFD). In the early 1960s he edited three reprint Anthologies, that of greatest sf interest being Asleep in Armageddon: An Anthology of Science Fiction Stories (anth 1962), with tales by Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Fredric Brown and further popular sf authors; it also reprints Jack London's The Scarlet Plague (1912 The London Magazine; 1915). The ...

Burg, Swan

(?   -    ) US author, possibly pseudonymous. The three protagonists of his sf novel, The Light of Eden; Or, a Historical Narrative of the Barbarian Age: A Scientific Discovery (1896), are shipwrecked on a mysterious Island near Borneo, where they find a Lost Race whose token leader, a white woman, is imprisoned there. Fortunately, an Airship conveys the four to an unimaginably wealthy Arctic Utopia; some of this wealth is used by one of the protagonists to ...

Six Million Dollar Man, The

US tv series (1973-1978). A Silverton and Universal Production for ABC. Executive producers Glen A Larson, Harve Bennett, Allan Balter. Produced by Michael Gleason, Lionel E Siegel, Joe L Cramer, Fred Freiberger. Based on the novel Cyborg (1972) by Martin Caidin. The series began as a 90-minute ABC "Wednesday Movie of the Week" in 1973; two more made-for-tv movies followed, then the series: five seasons, 100 50-minute episodes. Colour. / Lee Majors plays Steve Austin, a former US Air Force ...

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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