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R H Esquire

(?   -?   ) Anonymous English author who produced the first Utopia to appear after the Restoration of Charles II. New Atlantis. Begun by the Lord Verulam, Viscount St Albans: And Continued by R.H. Esquire (1660), is a plausible, if less elegant, conclusion to Francis Bacon's New Atlantis: A Work Unfinished (bound in with Sylva Sylvarum 1626; 1627 chap). Picking up on Bacon's political sympathies, this Sequel by Another Hand is explicitly pro-Royalist, presenting ...

Jensen, Axel

(1932-2003) Norwegian author who began writing in 1955, his early novels addressing (and succumbing to) the allure of Transcendence; Ikaros: ung mann i Sahara (1957; trans Maurice Michael as Icarus: A Young Man in the Sahara 1959) in particular evokes the fantastic. His early sf, mostly in the form of scripts for untranslated Comics, is much more free-form, and was explicitly influenced by Alfred Jarry, about whom Jensen wrote extensively; the most significant example of this work is almost ...

Bull, Albert E

(?   -?   ) UK author who according to a contemporary Who's Who in Literature lived in London, and who was active from the turn of the century for about three decades, usually as the author of nonfiction self-help manuals, crime novels and a series of children's stories. He also used the pseudonym Arthur Ward Basset for a nonfiction work in the Famous Crimes series. Radium, and the Detective (1905) is a detective novel of marginal sf interest, and The Mystery of ...

Compelling Science Fiction

US semi-professional Online Magazine which, unlike most such publications, publishes solely technological Hard SF. It is published by data scientist Joe Stech (in partnership with Flame Tree for issue #15) and edited by Emily Goodin. It began in August 2016 on a quarterly schedule but after ten issues switched to twice yearly. It can be read online or as an ebook. In his first editorial Stech noted that he wanted to publish science fiction that was "self-consistent, scientifically plausible, ...

Prince of Darkness

Film (1987). Alive. Directed by John Carpenter. Written by Martin Quatermass (Carpenter). Cast includes Lisa Blount, Jameson Parker, Donald Pleasence and Victor Wong. 101 minutes. Colour. / An old priest, guardian of a vat containing Satan as a green liquid, dies. Young physicists are brought to the derelict church by another worried priest (Pleasence) to analyse the strange powers here. The church is surrounded by bag ladies and vagrants (one being rock-star Alice Cooper) who kill anybody ...

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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