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Balchin, Nigel

(1908-1970) UK author, industrialist and wartime scientific adviser to the Army Council; married (1933-1951) to Elisabeth Ayrton. From the beginning of World War Two his fictions specialized in the creation of psychologically and physically crippled "competent men", as in The Small Back Room (1943), and were plotted around scientific problems at the verge of sf. Though his first novel, No Sky (1934), is of marginal genre interest, his only sf novel proper is Kings of Infinite Space (1967), a ...

Guerard, Albert Joseph

(1914-2000) US critic and author, an influential academic scholar who taught at Amherst College, Harvard University and Stanford University. He was long an advocate of US experimentalist fiction. His sf novel Night Journey (1950) depicts an idealistic soldier against the background of a useless Near-Future European Future War. The loss of his illusions is rendered with psychological acuity, though the narrative itself is dithery. [JC]

Wilson, F Paul

(1946-    ) US physician and author who began publishing sf with "The Cleaning Machine" for Startling Mystery Stories in March 1971, and who has written some mostly associational work as by Colin Andrews. His early career was much influenced by John W Campbell Jr, in whose Analog he published several of his best 1970s stories, including the early versions of tales which reached book form as the first volumes of the LaNague Federation series – Healer (December 1972 ...

Zítra Vstanu a Opařím Se Čajem

Film (1977; vt Tomorrow I'll Wake up and Scald Myself with Tea). Filmové studio Barrandov. Directed by Jindřich Polák. Written by Polák, Miloš Macourek, based on a story by Josef Nesvadba. Cast includes Vlastimil Brodský, Petr Kostka, Vladimír Menšík and Jiří Sovák. 90 minutes. Colour. / Not widely known in the West (although it has been given a UK Television showing), this Czech production is one of the most ...

Rheingold, Howard

(1947-    ) US online entrepreneur, editor and author, whose fiction consists of two series: the Sisterhood sequence beginning with Mama Liz Drinks Deep (1973); and the Savage Report sequence, comprising Jack Anderson Against Dr Tek! (1974) and Savage Report #2: War of the Gurus (1974), a Near Future Satire recording the attempts of a conservative conspiracy to take over America. Much of his nonfiction popularizes advances in the internet; he may have invented the term ...

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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