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Grabien, Deborah

(1954-    ) US author. Her first novel, Woman of Fire (1988; vt Eyes in the Fire 1989), is fantasy. Her second novel is an historical romance with fantasy elements, the first of several (not listed below) that she has concentrated upon since the 1990s; they take their inspiration from folk ballads. Her third novel, the Post-Holocaust Plainsong (1990), is an unsentimental Pastoral tale about the arrival of a new Messiah in a plague-devastated land irradiated by typological ...

England Invaded

Film (1909). Warwick Trading Company. Directed and written by Leo Stormont. Story may have been based without credit on Guy du Maurier's An Englishman's Home (performed 27 January 1909; 1909 chap). Cast not given. 10 minutes. Black and white. / Like The Airship Destroyer (1909) directed by Walter R Booth earlier the same year, England Invaded is a very early sf movie and also an early visual presentation of the Future War Invasion story in which England is threatened from somewhere in the ...

Saiz Cidoncha, Carlos

(1939-2018) Spanish author, considered one of the best writers of Space Opera; he also wrote as by Denis Klein and Darío Solano Ruiz. He published about twenty sf and fantasy novels, five collections and more than seventy-five short stories and novellas, plus five nonfiction books and many articles on themes and authors related to the Golden Age of SF. / In addition to a degree in Physics, Law and Criminology, he received a doctorate in Information Sciences for which he wrote ...

Space Men

Film (1960; vt Assignment Outer Space). Titanus/Ultra Films. Directed by Antonio Margheriti credited as Anthony Dawson. Written by Ennio De Concini and Jack Wallace. Cast includes Alain Dijon, Gabriella Farinon, David Montresor, Archie Savage and Rik Van Nutter. 73 minutes. Colour. / For his next assignment, journalist Ray Peterson (Van Nutter) is flown to a space station by pilot Al (Savage); upon his arrival, commander George (Montresor) objects to the presence of this green "outsider", ...

Scientific Detective Monthly

US letter-size magazine; ten monthly issues, January to October 1930, published by Gernsback Publications, for the first issue, and thereafter by Techni-Craft Publishing Co; edited by Hugo Gernsback, with Arthur B Reeve as editorial consultant. It was a sister magazine to Science Wonder Stories (see Wonder Stories) and Air Wonder Stories. From issue #6 it was retitled Amazing Detective Tales (though Scientific Detective Monthly more accurately described the magazine's contents) and edited by ...

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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