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Carey, Mike

(1959-    ) UK Comics writer and author who also writes as M R Carey and as by Adam Blake; father of Louise Carey. He first came to notice for his comics, initially for two stories for 2000 AD, Th1rt3en (2002 2000 AD #1289-1299; graph 2005), a Space Opera and Carver Hale (2001 ...

Smile, R Elton

Working name of US physician and author Elton R Smilie (1819-1889), known for advances in the practice of anaesthetics. He is of sf interest for two intriguing (if confusedly told) tales. In The Manatitlans; Or, a Record of Recent Scientific Explorations in the Andea Lat Plata, S A (1877), a white expedition travels up the Paraguay River where it discovers a Lost Race descended from the Romans; they in turn introduce the expedition to a race of tiny ...

Niven, Larry

Working name of US author Laurence van Cott Niven (1938-    ). He was born in California, where he set many of his stories, and gained a BA in mathematics from Washburn University, Kansas. From his first publication, "The Coldest Place" for If in December 1964, he set his mark on the US sf field as a Hard SF writer of remarkable vigour and inventiveness, soon winning four short-fiction Hugos: for ...

Don't Hug Me I'm Scared

UK puppet and animated webseries (2011-2016; 2022). This Is It. Created and directed by Joseph Pelling and Becky Sloan, Writers include Joseph Pelling and Becky Sloan. Voice cast includes Sam Campbell, Joseph Pelling, Becky Sloan and Baker Terry. Six 3-8 minute and six 24-minute episodes, plus a pilot. Colour. / Three children's Television characters – Red Guy (Pelling), whose hair obscures his face; the self-explanatory Duck Guy (Terry) ...

MacLeod, Sheila

(1939-    ) Scottish author, married 1963-1976 to actor and pop singer Paul Jones (see Privilege), an experience reflected in her first novel, The Moving Accident (1968), which is nonfantastic. Her second, The Snow-White Soliloquies (1970), is a Fabulation with surprisingly firm sf underpinning, describing in technological terms 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 ...

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