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Burks, Arthur J

(1898-1974) US military man and author whose first career was in the American Marine Corps (1917-1927); he re-enlisted in World War Two, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. In the meantime, he began to publish for the Pulp magazines, his first work of fantastic interest being "Thus Spake the Prophetess" (November 1924 Weird Tales) as Estil Critchie; his first sf was "Monsters of Moyen" for Astounding in April 1930. After two decades of high productivity – in a The New Yorker profile (15 ...

Zarem, Lewis

(1915-2006) US author in whose The Green Man from Space (1955) the titular man from Mars (see Little Green Men) is discovered on Earth looking for new species of algae, and is taken back home by a test pilot in an experimental Spaceship. The Martians of this story are humanoid but have evolved a symbiotic relationship with the algae that cover their skin and provide them with the oxygen the Martian atmosphere has lost. Zarem also wrote Superjet: A Spy-Ring Thriller (1954) with Ray Cantwell, ...

Seifert, Christine

(?   -    ) US teacher and author whose in whose Young Adult Dystopia, The Predicteds (2011), told in the first-person narrative present by an adolescent girl who becomes involved in the coercive interpersonal dynamics of a Near Future world where behaviour can be predicted. [JC]

Lindsay, David

(1876-1945) UK author, younger brother of Alexander Crawford, in military service 1916-1918; not to be confused with David T Lindsay. He is remembered today almost entirely for his first novel, A Voyage to Arcturus (1920), a tale whose apocalyptic intensity – and whose refusal of any balm or loving-kindness as its protagonist scours an alien world in search of a savage Transcendence – marks it as a work written in the aftermath of World War One; the last word spoken in the book, the ...

Glassy Ocean

Japanese short animated film (1998). Original title Kujira no Chôyaku. Project Team Sara. Directed and written by Shigeru Tamura. Voice cast includes Ichirō Nagai and Kento Ogasawara. 23 minutes. Colour. / As a liner crosses the ocean, a boy (Ogasawara) looks out over the sea, watching a school of flying fish; another passenger remarks "I bet we're being followed by some kind of giant fish". / Our point of view retreats, leaving the ship, now immobile, in the distance. The ...

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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