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Levi, Primo

(1919-1987) Italian industrial chemist, autobiographer, essayist and author; a survivor of Auschwitz, incarcerated there for eleven months in 1944-1945 (see World War Two), an experience which profoundly afflicted his subsequent life as a Survivor, serving not only as the declared subject of his first book, Se questo é uorno (1947; trans Stuart Woolf as If This Is a Man 1959; vt Survival in Auschwitz 1961), but also as a grave bass note that underlaid his work in general. One of the most ...

Turner, Vickery

Working name of UK actor, playwright, screenwriter and author Christine Hazel Turner (1945-2006), in whose courtroom drama The Testimony of Daniel Pagels (1991) a man proves his innocence by applying the theory of quantum mechanics (see Physics) to explain the Teleportation of the child whose presence at the scene of the crime seems to have demonstrated the accused's guilt. [JC]

Alien Critic, The

US Fanzine edited from Portland, Oregon, by Richard E Geis. For its first three issues, The Alien Critic was an informal magazine written entirely by the editor and titled Richard E. Geis. With the title-change in 1973, the magazine's contents began to diversify, featuring regular columns by John Brunner and Ted White as well as a variety of articles and a series of interviews with sf authors and artists, although its characteristic flavour still derived from the editor's own outspoken reviews ...


1. Nickname of airman James Bigglesworth, a character created by W E Johns (whom see) for a lengthy sequence of books and stories published from 1932, beginning with his exploits flying Sopwith Camels in World War One. Biggles's adventures continued through World War Two and well into the post-war era until the author's death in 1968, and after; a final book of uncollected stories appeared in 1999. One novel, Biggles Hits the Trail (1935) is sf, as are several stories in Biggles – Charter ...

Obstfeld, Raymond

(1952-    ) US author whose work of sf significance is restricted to the Warlord sequence under the House Name Jason Frost, who see for details. [JC]

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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