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Turner, Vickery

Working name of UK actor, playwright, screenwriter and author Christine Hazel Turner (1945-2006), in whose courtroom drama The Testimony of Daniel Pagels (1991) a man proves his innocence by applying the theory of quantum mechanics (see Physics) to explain the Teleportation of the child whose presence at the scene of the crime seems to have demonstrated the accused's guilt. [JC]

Brown, Fredric

(1906-1972) US author of detective novels and much sf, and for many years active in journalism. He is perhaps best known for such detective novels as The Fabulous Clipjoint (1947), which won an Edgar Award, but is also highly regarded for his sf, which is noted for its elegance and Humour, and for a polished slickness not generally found in the field in 1941, the year he published his first sf story, "Not Yet the End" (Winter 1941 ...

Middleton, John B

Pseudonym of UK newspaper proprietor and author John Bagot (1844-1925), whose The God of This World: A Story for the Times (1905), a Utopia set in 2005, espouses a benign union of advanced Technology and Religion. [JC]

Russell, Alan K

Pseudonym of UK publisher and anthologist Lionel Leventhal (1937-    ), founder or co-founder of several firms, including Arms and Armour Press and Greenhill Press; at one point he also controlled Lund Humphries Publishing and Chatham Publishing. Leventhal is of genre interest for the Anthologies listed below, all reproduced from the original illustrated magazines, and all edited as by Alan K Russell; he also signed some material as by A ...

Kilroy-Silk, Robert

(1942-    ) UK broadcaster, politician (Labour MP 1974-1986) and occasional author, prominent in the first two roles for a volatility, ambition, party-changing episodes, and a growing Euroscepticism; he has often been lampooned in the media. His sf novel, The Ceremony of Innocence: A Novel of 1984 (1983), set in the very Near Future, reflects these tendencies and convictions. [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 ...



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