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Stoneham, C T

(1895-1965) Indian-born author, educated in the UK and in active service during World War One, living much of his adult life in Kenya and South Africa; he wrote some mysteries and westerns as by Norgrove Thurley. Of his fiction, much of which was set in Africa and featured animals both native and imported; his extremely numerous stories for the London Evening News between 1933 and 1964 usually focused on animals in the wild. The young protagonist of the Kaspa sequence – comprising The ...

Kaze no Tani no Nausicaä

Animated film (1984 Japan; heavily cut vt Warriors of the Wind, 1985; uncut release as Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, 2005). Nibariki, Hakuhodo, Tokuma, Tōei. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Written by Hayao Miyazaki. Cast includes Goro Naya, Yoshihiko Sakakibara and Sumi Shimamoto. 116 minutes. Colour. / Much imitated Ecology Anime, set on a Ruined Earth a thousand years after an environmental Disaster. A pro-technology faction, led by the Tolmekian Empire's Princess Kushana ...

Clark, Gideon

(circa 1888-1955) UK author of a Scientific Romance, Substitute for Living (1937), a Satire in which unwholesome consequences are generated through the Invention of a Time Viewer which shows moments from the past. [JC]

Dudgeon, Robert Ellis

(1820-1904) Scottish homeopathic doctor – editor of the British Journal of Homeopathy from 1846 to 1884 – and author of the Utopian novel Colymbia (1873), published anonymously. Written in a spirit of competition with Erewhon (1872; rev 1903) by Samuel Butler, who was Dudgeon's patient, it is set on an equatorial Archipelago in the Pacific and tells of a Lost Race of Englishmen interbred with Oceanic natives who inhabit a submarine city powered by tidal energy. Their remarkably free ...

Corea, Chick

(1941-2021) US jazz composer and performer of largely instrumental music. Corea's career began in the 1960s with a number of fluent Latin-jazz releases. In the 1970s the influence of L Ron Hubbard (Corea converted to Scientology sometime around the start of this decade) began to make itself apparent in his music. The band Return to Forever, a side-project of Corea's, released half a dozen Scientologically-influenced albums, amongst them Return to Forever (1972) and Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy ...

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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