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Philmus, Robert M

(1943-    ) US sf critic, professor of English literature at Concordia University, Montreal. He became a co-editor of Science Fiction Studies with the November 1978 issue and remained in that position until the last issue of 1991; he remains a contributing editor. His Into the Unknown: The Evolution of Science Fiction from Francis Godwin to H.G. Wells (1970; rev 1983) is scholarly and informative, and something of a pioneering study for its time. Philmus also wrote the ...

Uchū Senkan Yamato

["Space Cruiser Yamato" vt "Space Battleship Yamato"] Animated tv series (1974-1975 Japan; trans as Star Blazers US). Yomiuri TV, Artland, Westcape, Studio Take Off. Directed by Noboru Ishiguro. Written by Keisuke Fujikawa, Eiichi Yamamoto, Maru Tamura at al. Cast includes Yōko Asagami and Kei Tomiyama. 26 episodes of 25 minutes (season one). Colour. / In the year 2199, a savage attack by the Alien Gamilas race swiftly reduces the Earth's surface to a Post-Holocaust wasteland of ...

Sieveking, Lance

Working name of UK author and radio producer Lancelot de Giberne Sieveking (1896-1972) for his later work, though his first books were signed Capt L de G Sieveking (he reached the rank of Captain during active service in the Royal Naval Air Service through most of World War One) or L de Giberne Sieveking. He was with the BBC 1925-1956, producing at least radio 200 plays by 1938 and the first Television play in 1930, and himself adapting his own novel, A Tomb With a View (1950), a gothic ...

Chown, Marcus

(1959-    ) UK author, currently "cosmology consultant" for New Scientist; his sf novels, both in collaboration with John Gribbin, are Double Planet (November 1984 Analog by John Gribbin solo; exp 1988), a competent Hard-SF tale about a conflict of political interests over a Comet which may or may not be about to strike the Earth, and its remote sequel Reunion (1991), set 1000 years later, in which the lunar population has come under the influence of a cult claiming to hold ...

Barker, M A R

Working name of Muhammad Abd-al-Rahman Barker, born Phillip Barker (1929-2012), US academic specializing in linguistics, game designer and author. His best-known genre creation is the enormously detailed Science Fantasy world of Tékumel (which see), the setting of his early Role Playing Game Empire of the Petal Throne (1975); further related RPGs followed. / Of Barker's five Tékumel novels, The Man of Gold (1984) – a Bildungsroman full of political intrigue and ...

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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