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Morris, M Marlow

(1867-?   ) US author of a Utopia, No Borderland (1938) with Laura B Speer, whose protagonists, lost in the jungle, are rescued by the voice of a woman, which leads them Underground to a Lost World inhabited by the survivors of Atlantis, who have created a clement agrarian society. The protagonists realize they are reincarnations of ancients, and eventually settle down in paradise. [JC]

O'Neil, Vincent

(?   -    ) US author, active from around 2005, who has written detective fiction and horror under his own name. As Henry V O'Neil he is of sf interest for his Military SF series, the Sim War sequence beginning with Glory Main (2012), which begins in fairly typical fashion with its protagonist soldier forced into an extreme situation in a Space Opera frame, as the war with the Sims – so named because they are indistinguishable from us – ...

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Film (2009). DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures in association with Hasbro present a Di Bonaventura Pictures production. Directed by Michael Bay. Written by Ehren Kruger and Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman. Cast includes Josh Duhamel, Megan Fox, Tyrese Gibson, Shia LaBoeuf and John Turturro. 150 minutes. Colour. / Transitioning from high school to college, Sam turns out to have retained a physical fragment, and the power, of the All-Spark, making him the target of a Decepticon plan ...

Lloyd, John Uri

(1849-1936) US chemist, author of Etidorhpa, or The End of Earth: The Strange History of a Mysterious Being and the Account of a Remarkable Journey (1895; rev vt 1901) [for full subtitles, which differ, see Checklist], a metaphysical Fantastic Voyage in which the narrator – whose manuscript has been discovered by Lloyd – is led by a blind humanoid named I-Am-The-Man to a Lost World in the interior of the Earth, which he excitedly explores while gaining occult enlightenment into the ...

Space Warp

In sf Terminology, a concept similar to that of hyperspace and subspace. The term (along with "hyperspace") may first have been used by John W Campbell Jr in Islands of Space (Spring 1931 Amazing Stories Quarterly; 1957). If a handkerchief is folded, two otherwise separated points of it can become adjacent; if space – more accurately, space/time – could be warped in like style (which it cannot), the resulting short cut would effectively enable Spaceships to travel Faster Than Light: ...

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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