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McDonough, Thomas R

(1945-    ) US author and lecturer in engineering at Caltech, perhaps best known for his nonfiction and for serving as the coordinator of the SETI programme of the Planetary Society. The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence: Listening for Life in the Cosmos (1987) argues the case for seeking out First Contact with other races in the Galaxy; that there have been no successes to report over the past quarter of a century may account for the fact he has not revised this ...

Shurin, Jared

(?    -    ) US editor, long resident in the UK with his wife and co-anthologist Anne C Perry, with whom he founded the Pornokitsch blog and the Kitschies Awards (which see) first presented in 2010. He and Perry began to publish anthologies of genre interest with Pandemonium: Stories of the Apocalypse (anth 2011), which had several successors [see Checklist below]. Three later titles are themed for Supernatural Creatures: mummies as classic Monsters in ...

Fire in the Sky

Film (1993). Paramount. Directed by Robert Lieberman, screenplay Tracy Torme based on The Walton Experience by Travis Walton. Cast includes James Garner, Robert Patrick, Craig Sheffer and D B Sweeney. 109 minutes. Colour. / Based on a supposedly nonfictional account of the abduction by Aliens of one member of a six-man forest-clearing team in Arizona, the film concentrates on local suspicions that the other five may have murdered him, and the inability of anyone to believe their fantastic ...

McCutcheon, George Barr

(1866-1928) US author whose Graustark sequence of tales set in a Balkan Ruritania – beginning with Graustark: The Story of a Love Behind a Throne (1901) and ending with The Inn of the Hawk and Raven: A Tale of Old Graustark (1927) – erects an edifice of nostalgia and modestly defiant enclosedness almost as powerful as that created in the actual Ruritanian novels of Anthony Hope. But the inturned refusal of history of Hope's primal version is not sustained here. Though Graustark is ...

Moudy, Walter

(1929-1973) US author who published only a few sf stories after his sole novel, No Man on Earth (1964), a rather compellingly told story in which a man born of a human mother and an Alien father (see Biology; Exogamy) must seek out his destiny. His first short story was "The Dreamer" (April 1965 Fantastic); two others appeared in Fantastic and Amazing respectively in the following month; no further SF Magazine appearances followed. One more sf story is known: "The Search for Man", his ...

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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