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Dantec, Maurice G

(1959-2016) French author, in Canada from 1999; of his several gonzo sf novels, most of which have aroused interest and ire in France for their inflammatory (but not orthodox) right-wing polemics, Babylon Babies (1999; trans Noura Wedell 2005) begins in Technothriller mode with a moderately prescient vision of the Middle East and adjacent Asia as the diseased focus of early twenty-first-century wars, but moves into Transcendence country as the young woman, hired as a mule to transport a virus ...

Kennicott, Ada M

(1860-1926) US author of Under Red Pillars (1902), a Lost World tale couched as a retelling of European fairy tales, at least one episode taking place in a Hollow Earth venue. [JC]

Mulisch, Harry

(1927-2010) Dutch author, mainly influential at home (see Benelux) and abroad for his intensely ambitious scrutinies of World War Two, mostly couched as novels without any overt fantastic element, though Hoogste Tijd (1985; trans Adrienna Dixon as Last Call 1989) in the end plunges its crypto-Nazi protagonist into the cosmic abyss that climaxes Edgar Allan Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym (1838), and Siegfried (2001; trans Paul Vincent 2003), whose eponym turns out to be the long-hidden ...

Lehr, Paul

(1930-1998) American artist. Lehr studied illustration at the prestigious Pratt Institute, where he worked under Stanley Meltzoff, an early influence on his art. His first sf cover – for the American edition of Jeffery Lloyd Castle's Satellite E One (1954) – is a realistic depiction of the construction of an unusually-shaped Space Station, and similar images of spacecraft, rendered mostly in shades of grey, are seen in other early covers for James Blish's Galactic Cluster (coll ...

Matrix, The

Film (1999). Warner Bros. Pictures in association with Village Roadshow Pictures and Groucho II Film Partnership presents a Silver Pictures production. Directed and written by Andy (now Lilly) Wachowski and Larry (now Lana) Wachowski. Cast includes Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Keanu Reeves and Hugo Weaving. 136 minutes. Colour. / A trail of digital clues, pursuits, and dislocations in reality leads hacker Neo (Reeves) to elusive digital-underground figures Trinity ...

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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