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Cassius Minor

Pseudonym of UK solicitor and author Harold Northway Robbins (1874-1973), who surfaces as the acknowledged author of the introduction (but in fact of the entire text) of The Finding of Mercia (1909), a Utopia run by strict Christians in favour of state ownership but not Money. [JC]

Vincent, Joyce

(?   -?   ) Australian author of some sf interest for The Celestial Hand: A Sensational Story (1903), a Future War tale in the midst of which a Utopia is described. [JC]

Book of Eli, The

Film (2010). Alcon Entertainment presents a Silver Pictures production. Directed by Albert and Allen Hughes. Written by Gary Whitta. Cast includes Jennifer Beals, Mila Kunis, Gary Oldman, Ray Stevenson and Denzel Washington. 117 minutes. Colour. / Stylishly shot, hammily played Post-Holocaust western centred on an enigmatic loner (Washington) carrying the last King James Bible on a coast-to-coast mission obstructed by a local warlord (Oldman), who ...

Sharp, Elliott

(1951-    ). US avant-garde classical composer. A restlessly inventive artist, Sharp has released nearly a hundred albums (as solo projects or in collaboration with many other figures), a good number of which evidence interest in sf, broadly conceived; although without lyrical or deictic pointers, such an identification is arguable in some cases. Sharp is an aesthetically promiscuous musician who works with minimalism, atonal and noise-experimentation as well as elements of ...

Dann, Jack

(1945-    ) US author and anthologist, with a BA in social/political science, married initially to Jeanne Van Buren Dann and from 1995 to Janeen Webb, with both of whom he has collaborated, mostly resident in Australia from about 1990; he began publishing sf in 1970 with "Traps" (March 1970 If) and "Dark, Dark the Dead Star" (July 1970 If), both written ...

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 ...

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