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TV's Dynamic Heroes

US letter-size saddle-stapled Media Magazine. Publisher: Top Flight Magazines. Editor: possibly Donald F Glut. Two numbered, undated issues 1976-1977. / This short-lived title was one of several Cinema and Television-related publications issued in the mid-1970s by Glut in partnership with long-time fan and screenwriter Ron Haydock (1940-1977). Jim Harmon was also reportedly involved with the company. TV's Dynamic Heroes concentrated mainly on popular sf programmes of the period, such as The ...

Crane, Elizabeth

Pseudonym of Dan S Trent (1946-    ) and Lynda Trent (1942-    ), US authors of a Time Travel historical romance, Reflections in Time (1992), which carries its troubled protagonist from contemporary times to 1880s Louisiana; most of their work is paranormal romance, and is not listed here. This "Crane" should not be confused with the New York-born Elizabeth Crane whose first book is When the Messenger Is Hot (coll 2006). [JC]

MacDonald, Caroline

(1948-1997) New Zealand-born author, in Australia in later years, whose first novel, the Young Adult Elephant Rock (1993 chap), is a Timeslip tale whose protagonist reconciles herself to her mother's coming death by visiting moments in her past. Her work tends to focus on young men and women and failures (or modest triumphs) in communication, as in Visitors (1984), whose solution to Communications problems with visiting Aliens redeems his own blocked life; and in The Lake at the End of the ...


The fantasy of being able to make oneself invisible is a common childhood daydream. As with all such daydreams, literary treatments of the theme tend to be cautionary tales; the three-decker novel The Invisible Gentleman (1833) by James Dalton is the most extravagant nineteenth-century example. No good comes of it in such early sf stories as Edward Page Mitchell's "The Crystal Man" (January 1881 The Sun anon), H G Wells's classic The Invisible Man (1897) and Jack London's "The Shadow and the ...

Hidden, The

Film (1988). New Line-Heron Joint Venture/Third Elm Street Venture. Directed by Jack Sholder. Written by Bob Hunt. Cast includes William Boyett, Kyle MacLachlan and Michael Nouri. 97 minutes. Colour. / A quiet stockbroker goes on a spree in Los Angeles (see California), robbing a bank, and after his arrest beginning to kill people. We learn his body is temporarily occupied by a homicidal slug-like Alien, which moves from body to body but is soon recognizable from its behaviour. Police ...

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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