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Dean, Frederic Alva

(circa 1860-1936) US author of a Lost Race novel, The Heroines of Petoséga (1889), which traces the history of the survivors of an ancient Disaster which destroys pre-Attic Greece in about 1000 BCE, and who found the exquisite city of Petoséga on what is now known as Mackinac Island in present-day Michigan. But Petoséga is destroyed more than once by a vast Monster known as the "Floating Mountain". After the second destruction, the remnants of the lost tribe discover ...

Dark Star

Film (1974). Jack H Harris Enterprises. Directed by John Carpenter. Written by Carpenter, O'Bannon. Cast includes Brian Narelle, Dan O'Bannon, Dre Pahich and Joe Saunders. 83 minutes. Colour. / This cult success, Carpenter's debut, was originally a 45-minute film shot on 16mm by students at the University of Southern California for $6000, but producer Jack H Harris provided cash for new footage and for transfer to 35mm film stock. Dark Star is a Satire on space films, its visual intensity ...

Death Line

Film (1972; vt Raw Meat US). K-L Productions. Directed by Gary Sherman. Written by Ceri Jones, from a story by Sherman. Cast includes Hugh Armstrong, Sharon Gurney, David Ladd, Donald Pleasence and Norman Rossington. 87 minutes. Colour. / In the late nineteenth century a group of construction workers building an extension to London's Underground railway system are buried in a cave-in. In the present, late-night travellers at Russell Square tube station are being murdered (and eaten) by, we ...

Helmreich, Joseph

(1983-    ) US journalist, illustrator, voice-over actor, singer and author whose first novel, The Return (2017), ambitiously conflates a wide range of sf topoi – First Contact; Invasions; Secret Masters; Time Travel; UFO abductions – into a tale that shifts from the Young Adult preoccupations of one of its protagonists to a Cosmological climax reminiscent, except for the Sex, of A E van Vogt. [JC]

Angel's Egg

Japanese Original Video Animation film (1985); original title Tenshi no Tamago. Studio Deen. Created by Yoshitaka Amano and Mamoru Oshii. Directed and written by Mamoru Oshii. Voice cast: Mako Hyōdō and Jinpachi Nezu. 71 minutes. Colour. / A young man (Nezu) watches a vast eye-like sphere, adorned in praying statues, descend into the sea. Meanwhile a girl (Hyōdō), carrying a large egg under her dress, travels through a bleak megalith-strewn landscape to enter a derelict ...

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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