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MacCloud, Malcolm

(?   -    ) US author of two sf juveniles for Young Adult readers. The Tera Beyond (1981) is a thriller set on the planet Tera, where a student makes the Discovery, at the risk of his freedom, that microbes are inherently dual in nature, suggesting the existence of Parallel Worlds. Rather similarly, though less plausibly, A Gift of Mirrorvax (1981) contrasts the oppressively Dystopian planet Vax with its Counter-Earth Mirrorvax, in which a pacifist ...

Frozen Alive

Film (1964; original title Der Fall X701). Alfa Films/Feature Film Corporation of America (US), Butcher's Film Service (UK). Directed by Bernard Knowles. Written by Evelyn Frazer. Cast includes Marianne Koch, Delphi Lawrence, Walter Rilla, Joachim Stein and Mark Stevens. 81 minutes. Black and white. / Dr Frank Overton (Stevens) is working on Suspended Animation at the Low Temperature Research Laboratory (see Cryonics) with the very attractive Dr Helen Wieland (Koch). After successfully ...

Gelman, Peter

(?   -    ) US author whose Flying Saucers Over Hennepin: A Novel about an Avenue (1997), is a spoof of Alien Invasion tales like The Body Snatcher (1955) by Jack Finney, famously filmed (twice) as The Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Here, parts of Minneapolis are taken over secretly by "doppelganger mannequins". [JC]

Abbey, Edward

(1927-1989) US author, known equally for his controversial nonfiction studies of the ruining of the American West, and for the novels, written late in his career, jeremiads about the future of our planet that – at times melodramatically – advocate a form of armed resistance against the corporate buy-out of the world. The most famous of these late books is The Monkey Wrench Gang (1975; rev 1985), which Terry Bisson's Time-Travel novella Dear Abbey (2003) and Percival Everett's ...

Szal, Jeremy

(1995-    ) Australian editor,politician and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Aliens Ate My Anti-Grav Speeder" in Robot and Raygun for April 2014. Although his first novel Stormblood (2020) may accurately be described as Military SF set in an interstellar Space Opera venue, the heart of the tale revolves more intimately around the protagonist and his companions' instant addiction to the Drug stormtech, whose transformative effects make them close to ...

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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