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Zinoviev, Alexander

(1922-2006) Russian author whose Ziiaiushchie vysoty (1976 Switzerland; trans Gordon Clough as The Yawning Heights 1979) is a raw Satire of the gerontocracy which dominated the USSR at the time of its writing: in a Dystopia known as Ibansk, every citizen is named Ibanov in order that all distinctions be erased; most citizens commit suicide, in due course, in a government crematorium. Svetloe budushchee (1978 Switzerland; trans Gordon Clough as The Radiant Future 1980) is an allegory with sf ...


Film (1967). Worldfilm Services and Memorial Enterprises/Universal. Directed by Peter Watkins. Written by Norman Bogner, based on a story by Johnny Speight. Cast includes Max Bacon, Paul Jones, Mark London and Jean Shrimpton. 103 minutes. Colour. / A successful rock-star (Jones) is used by a Near-Future UK government as a puppet Messiah to manipulate the opinions of the youthful citizens. He is forced to change his image to suit the plans of the Establishment, but rebels, only, ironically, ...


A stargate is a popular name, in sf Terminology, for a Matter Transmission or Wormhole portal that facilitates interstellar transport. Stephen Robinett's Stargate (June-August 1974 Analog as by Tak Hallus; 1976) offers an early instance of the term, though preceded by Arthur C Clarke's slightly different formulation "Star Gate" in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968; with 2 related stories added, rev as coll 1990), his novelization of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). The general concept is much older, as ...

Watson, John B

(1878-1958) US psychologist and author, the principal figure in the creation and advancement of the school of behaviourism that dominated modern American Psychology for many decades (its influence was greatest in the US). He is of little direct sf interest, though indirectly his theory and practice can be seen to tacitly underlie much Genre SF, in tales where it is assumed that any child can gain competence, and even Superpowers, through the benefits of proper education (see Children in SF; ...

Slater, W H

(?   -?   ) UK author in whose sf novel, The Golden Load (1926), a scientist's Discovery of the secret of synthesizing gold (see Transmutation) leads to worldwide Disaster. [JC]

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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