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Delany, Martin R

(1812-1885) US physician, soldier, newspaper editor, author and advocate of Black rights, during a period when it was anything but safe for an African-American to speak out (though he was born free, his mother broke the law when she taught him to read and write). Success in each of his several fields of endeavour was fraught with risk, as his patent accomplishments deeply affronted white Americans; student protests caused his removal from medical studies at Harvard in 1850, with the connivance ...

Sivell, Steven

(?   -    ) UK author of Cloud Cuckoo Land (2007), set in a surreally bureaucratic unnamed country indistinguishable from England just before a great meteorite hits the planet; the protagonist seeks to board a "vessel" which will survive the Disaster, allowing its passengers to reinhabit a shattered world. In The Godsend (2014 ebook) another pilgrim-like protagonist sets out eastward from London into a Godgame Parallel World, whose centre he is challenged to ...


1. Film (1978); vt of L'Isola degli Uomini Pesce. / 2. Film (1996). Triumph Films in association with Fuji Eight Co. Ltd and Fries Film Company presents an Allegro Films production. Directed by Christian Duguay. Written by Dan O'Bannon and Miguel Tejada-Flores, based on "Second Variety" (May 1953 Space Science Fiction) by Philip K Dick. Cast includes Roy Dupuis, Andy Lauer, Jennifer Rubin and Peter Weller. 104 minutes. Colour. / After civil war on a desolate colony world has left a ...

Kelly, Teague M

(?   -?   ) US author in whose sf tract, Mucca Scob; Or, Threads of Pre-Historic and Present History, Concatenated (1885), the elder of a Native American tribe in northern California describes to the narrator his several Reincarnations over the previous thousands of years; several of these lives having been led on other planets, he is in fact an Alien. His description of the Evolution of life on Earth pays only eccentric heed to Charles Darwin. [JC]

Yeux sans Visage, Les

Film (1960; vt Eyes without a Face; vt The Horror Chamber of Dr Faustus). Champs-Elysées/Lux. Directed by Georges Franju. Written by Jean Redon, Franju, Claude Sautet, Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac, from Les yeux sans visage (1959) by Redon. Cast includes Pierre Brasseur, Juliette Mayniel, Edith Scob and Alida Valli. 95 minutes, cut to 88 minutes, further cut to 84 minutes. Black and white. / Released in the USA with cuts as The Horror Chamber of Dr Faustus, and condemned in the ...

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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