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Roberts, Alaric J

(?   -    ) US author in whose New Trade Winds for the Seven Seas (1942) a Lost World is discovered beneath a Pacific Island Under the Sea inhabited by survivors of Atlantis, who agree to use their advanced Technology and civilization to help the twentieth century world above. You Do Take It With You (1953) with Donald K MacDonald was a vanity press publication. [JC]

Mort en Direct, La

Film (1979; vt Death Watch). Selta Film/Little Bear/Sara Film/Gaumont/Antenne 2/TV 15. Coproduced and directed by Bernard Tavernier. Written by David Rayfiel, Tavernier, based on The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe (1974; rev vt The Unsleeping Eye 1974; vt Death Watch 1981) by D G Compton. Cast includes Harvey Keitel, Romy Schneider, Harry Dean Stanton and Max Von Sydow. 130 minutes. Colour. / This French/West German coproduction chose, perhaps eccentrically, to locate its Dystopian city of ...

Walker, Jerry

(?   -?   ) US author of the Lawrence Marley Sequence of Near Future thrillers comprising Mission Accomplished: A Novel of 1950 (1947) and A Date with Destiny (1949); Colonel Marley, chief of an American counter-intelligence unit, defends his native land from foreign intrigues as the Cold War begins to intensify and World War Threeseems imminent. [JC]

Brebner, Percy

(1864-1922) UK author of romantic adventures, under his own name and as by Christian Lys. Early novels by Lys include The Hepsworth Millions (1898), whose hints at supernatural explanations hardly aspire to the Equipoisal, and two novels of greater interest. The Fortress of Yadasara: A Narrative Prepared from the Manuscript of Clinton Verrall, Esq. (1898 Household Words; 1899; vt The Knight of the Silver Star 1907 US as Percy Brebner) locates in the Caucasus a Lost World inhabited by a melee of ...

Spears, Heather

(1934-2021) Canadian artist, poet and author, in Denmark since 1962, author of much non-genre poetry, her first volume being Asylum Poems (coll 1958); she won the Governor-General's Medal for Poetry for The Word for Sand (coll 1959). Her sf, which is much more recent, comprises the Moonfall sequence – Moonfall (1991), The Child of Atwar (1993) and The Taming (1996) – which vividly explores a Ruined Earth environment through the experiences of twins who share the same body. A later ...

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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