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Burgess, Eric

(1912-1995) UK author, always in collaboration with Arthur Friggens, of several sf novels for Robert Hale Limited, none being remarkable in content. Anti-Zota (1973) revolves around conflict between the short-lived and the long-lived (see Immortality) in the Far Future. Arguably the Mortorio books – Mortorio (1973) and Mortorio Two (1975), where Mortorio is a planet mysteriously capable of resisting exploitation by Earth – stand out from the crowd. / This author should not be ...

Burke, Ralph

Pseudonym used for magazine stories 1956-1958, primarily by Robert Silverberg alone, but three times in collaboration with Randall Garrett. [JC/DRL]

Eight Legged Freaks

Film (2002). Warner Brothers Pictures presents in association with Village Roadshow Pictures and NPV Entertainment an Electric Entertainment Production. Directed by Ellory Elkayem. Produced by Dean Devlin and Bruce Berman. Written by Jesse Alexander, Ellory Elkayem from a story by Elkayem and Randy Kornfield. Cast includes David Arquette, Doug E Doug, Scarlett Johansson, Scott Terra and Kari Wuhrer. 99 minutes. Colour. / This likeable Monster Movie was the professional movie debut of a ...

Price, Susan

(1955-    ) UK author, mostly of fantasies for younger children and for Young Adult readers, from around 1973. The Ghost World sequence beginning with The Ghost Drum (1987) is a powerful evocation of Arctic cultures, in which shamanistic beliefs (and other elements) are taken as literal descriptions of the world. She is of strong sf interest for two late series. The Sterkarm sequence, comprising The Sterkarm Handshake (1998) and A Sterkarm Kiss (2003), contrasts a ...

Clair, René

Pseudonym of French filmmaker and author René-Lucien Chomette (1898-1981) whose first feature film, Paris qui Dort (1924), is of sf interest; though many of his subsequent movies, in France, the UK and America, were of fantasy interest, their immersion in the coils of Fantastika defaulted to the unargued and the oneiric. A partial exception is It Happened Tomorrow (1944), based on Lord Dunsany's possibly unperformed Radio play The Jest of Hahalaba (January 1927 Atlantic Monthly; 1928 ...

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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