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Walkham, Walter

Pseudonym of UK consulting engineer and author James Harvey Trevithick Ivory (1921-2005), who contributed a single Space Opera to the Robert Hale Limited sf line: When Earth Trembled (1980). [JC]

Fritch, Charles E

(1927-2012) US author and editor who began publishing sf with "The Wallpaper" for Other Worlds in March 1951. He edited the magazine Gamma 1963-1965 and used the anagrammatic pseudonym Chester H Carlfi for one story there. His stories, written for a variety of markets but sharing a certain glibness and snappiness of effect, are collected in Crazy Mixed-Up Planet (coll 1969) and Horses' Asteroid (coll 1970); later work, extending through the 1990s, has not been collected. Many of his tales are ...

Space Quest

Videogame series (from 1986). Sierra On-Line (SOL). / Space Quest is a series of linearly plotted graphical Adventures in which the player adopts the role of Roger Wilco, a janitor in a Space Opera universe who strongly resembles the protagonist of the text-based Planetfall (1983). The games' parodic style of humour and comic puzzles are alternately amusing and juvenile, similar in tone to a less frenetic version of Mel Brooks's film Spaceballs (1987). As in the animated series Futurama ...

Stein, Benjamin

(1944-    ) US actor (as Ben Stein), lawyer, journalist and author, an advocate of intelligent design in Evolution, apparently arguing that a proper understanding of the theory of evolution showed that it led inevitably to Eugenics and the excesses of Nazi Germany. His first novel, On the Brink (1977) with Herbert Stein, depicts a Near Future governmental crisis caused by an Arab-generated hike in the cost of oil; The Croesus Conspiracy (1978) deals with World War Two in ...

Stockton, Kindred

Pseudonym of US engineer and author Geoffrey S Bok (?   -    ), whose first novel Deep Shade (2020), set in a Near Future Florida devastated by Climate Change, Ecological degradation, Overpopulation and Pollution, describes the inexorable growth of invasive flora and fauna in the beleaguered flatlands, whose human residents remain in a state of classic denial. [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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