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Mister E from Tau Ceti

Animated tv series (1963). A Cayton Inc and Radio and Television Packagers production. Produced by William D Cayton. Written and directed by Fred Ladd. Cast includes Peter Lazer, Ray Owens, and Sam Raskin. 20 five-minute episodes. Black and white, colour. / "2010 AD": an American newsman detects signals from a Spaceship approaching Earth at twice the speed of light from Tau Ceti; its pilot "Mr E" is portrayed as a small boy in a tiny space capsule. The newsman explains to him the history of ...

Granville, Eliza

(?   -    ) UK author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Twisted Distaff" in Whispers of Wickedness for December 2004; in her earlier stories, most of which transact various genres (but not sf) with gonzo elatedness, she usually signed her name Liza Granville. Until the Skies Fall (2009) as Liza Granville, however, is sf; in a Near Future Britain devastated by unexplained catastrophes, and where the consequences of ungoverned Genetic Engineering ...

Mendelson, Drew

(1945-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Museum Piece" in New Dimensions 5 (anth 1975) edited by Robert Silverberg. His Pilgrimage (1981) grippingly presents a vision of a bleak Ruined Earth environment, long abandoned by most humans except for those who inhabit the planet's one remaining artefact, a vast City that moves slowly across the devastated land. As in Christopher Priest's early Inverted World (1974), the city contains within it a ...

Space Warp

In sf Terminology, a concept similar to that of hyperspace and subspace. The term (along with "hyperspace") may first have been used by John W Campbell Jr in Islands of Space (Spring 1931 Amazing Stories Quarterly; 1957). If a handkerchief is folded, two otherwise separated points of it can become adjacent; if space – more accurately, space/time – could be warped in like style (which it cannot), the resulting short cut would effectively enable Spaceships to travel Faster Than Light: ...

Mann, Phillip

(1942-    ) UK-born author resident in New Zealand from 1969, whose career as a theatre director, translation copy-polisher, drama teacher and university Reader in Drama brought to his writing a strong visual and structural sense. His first sf publication, The Eye of the Queen (1982), is an accomplished novel of First Contact between humans and the enigmatic Pe-Ellians. The Story of the Gardener diptych – Master of Paxwax (1986) and The Fall of the Families (1987) ...

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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