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Struben, Bernd

(1968-    ) Suriname-born author, in US from childhood. He is of sf interest primarily for two Space Operas: in 40 Years (2008), which is Military SF, soldiers are held in time stasis (see Stasis Field) until needed in the fight for Lebensraum against an Alien civilization, across the galaxy; The 13th Zookeeper (2011 ebook; 2012) is set on a planet Terraformed to resemble ancient Earth in order to serve as a Zoo to preserve some memory of the destroyed past. [JC]

Cabell, James Branch

(1879-1958) US author, mostly of mannered, witty and in later life sometimes rather enervated fantasies set in a Land of Fable Europe [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] which conveniently adjoins more mythological realms. In some cases long after they were first published, he assimilated a large number of both fantasies and nonfantastic work (including historical and contemporary romances) as episodes in the Biography of the Life of Manuel. The imaginary kingdom of Poictesme ...

Steve Miller Band, The

US rock group formed by Steve Miller (1947-    ), whose first album Children of the Future (1968) strung a varied portfolio of blues and psychedelic songs along a vaguely future-oriented sf conceit. "Brave New World" (on Brave New World, 1969) is not a version of Aldous Huxley's novel, and indeed develops an unironized Utopian vision. "Space Cowboy" from the same album saw Miller develop a sf performance persona ("I was born on this rock / And I've been travelin' through ...

Serling, Rod

Working name of US screenwriter and Television producer Rodman Edward Serling (1924-1975), married to Carol Serling from 1948 until his death and best known for the Television series The Twilight Zone (1959-1964), for which he won three Hugos in 1960, 1961 and 1962. After active paratrooper service in World War Two, for which he was decorated, he went to New York in 1948 as a freelance writer, first for Radio and then for television. During the 1950s he became one of the most highly regarded ...

Worlds of Fantasy

1. UK pocketbook-size magazine, published by John Spencer, London; edited anonymously by Samuel Assael and Maurice Nahum. Fourteen numbered, undated issues 1950-1954. / Worlds of Fantasy is almost identical to the other three Spencer juvenile-sf magazines of the 1950s, Futuristic Science Stories, Tales of Tomorrow and Wonders of the Spaceways. These all contained fiction of very low quality, though the present title did include some relatively decent work by John S Glasby and E C Tubb. An ...

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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