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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 wants the Bible for himself as an ...

Hurrell, F G

(1885-1957) UK author whose second novel, John Lillibud (1934), plays sophisticatedly with echoes and doublings of plot and theme and Identity (see also Doubles in The Encyclopedia of Fantasy), in a manner that shifts Equipoisally between fantasy and sf. A young writer becomes a purveyor of Inventions, one of which is a cosmetic plastic which transforms one's face (and perhaps one's identity); by creating a transformative nose for himself, the writer "becomes" in secret a much more successful ...

Roy, Archie

Working name of Scottish professor of astronomy Archibald Edmiston Roy (1924-2012), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and researcher into the paranormal. His nonfiction was welcomed in 1950s UK SF Magazines, in particular his substantial twelve-part series The Way to the Planets for Authentic Science Fiction (June 1955-May 1956); a few such pieces were collaborations with Donald Malcolm under the joint pseudonym Roy Malcolm (whom see for details). Roy's mostly unremarkable sf ...

Behn, Aphra

(1640-1689) UK playwright, spy (under the name Astrea), poet and author now recognized as probably the first Englishwoman to earn her living entirely by writing. Though she obscured her childhood thoroughly, it is now thought that she was probably born Eaffrey Johnson; in 1663 she was almost certainly in the British colony of Surinam with members of her family, where she first became involved in political intrigues. She married on her return to England in 1664. Little is known of her husband, ...

Valentine, James

(1961-    ) Australian author whose Young Adult JumpMan sequence, beginning with JumpMan: Rule 1: Don't Touch Anything (2002), is predicated to comic effect on the fantasy rule that the Hero of a tale must do that which is forbidden. In very loose sf terms, the Time Travel stories of the series follow the consequences of this rule. [JC]

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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