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Arnold, Edwin L

(1857-1935) UK author, son of the poet and journalist Sir Edwin Arnold (1832-1904), a poet and popularizer of Buddhism (his book-length mystical poem The Light of Asia was popular during his lifetime) who is sometimes confused with his son. Arnold's own fantasies include two Reincarnation tales clearly influenced by his father (who introduced the first of these), The Wonderful Adventures of Phra the Phoenician (1890 3vols; vt Phra the Phoenician 1910) and Lepidus the Centurion: A Roman of Today ...

Dawn of the Dead

Film (1978; vt Zombie Italy; vt Zombies UK). Laurel. Directed by George Romero. Written by Romero, with Dario Argento (who also cowrote the music) as script consultant. Cast includes David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H Reininger and Gaylen Ross. 127 minutes, cut to 125 minutes. Colour. / The first of three sequels to Night of the Living Dead (1968) – the others are Day of the Dead (1985) and Land of the Dead (2005) – this was (unusually) premiered in Italy, under the title Zombie. ...

Wilson, Richard

(1920-1987) US author and director of the News Bureau of Syracuse University until his retirement in 1982; he was instrumental in persuading many sf writers to donate their personal archives to the university's George Arents Research Library. Involved in sf Fandom from an early age, he was a founder of the Futurians in the 1930s, publishing his first sf story, "Murder from Mars", with Astonishing Stories in April 1940; "Stepsons of Mars", which he wrote with fellow Futurians Joseph Harold ...

Post, Samuel H

(1924-2005) US editor, publisher and anthologist, both of whose sf Anthologies were edited anonymously. The 6 Fingers of Time and Other Stories (anth 1965) assembles six stories from If 1959-1961 (although the cover credits them to Galaxy), the title novella by R A Lafferty having originally appeared as "The Six Fingers of Time" (September 1960 If). The Frozen Planet and Other Stories (anth 1966) comprises five more tales from If; the title story "The Frozen Planet" (September 1961 If) is a ...

Automat Na Přání

Czech/French film (1967; vt Les chevaliers des rêves; vt The Wishing Machine, 1971 US). Krátký film Praha / Filmové studio Gottwaldov / Société Générale de Production Paris. Directed by Josef Pinkava. Written by Josef Pinkava. Cast includes Rudolf Deyl, Josef Hlinomaz, Miroslav Holub, Vít Weingartner and Milan Zeman. 83 minutes, cut for its 1971 American release to 78 minutes. Colour. / After skipping school to spend the day at a ...

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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