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Percy, Benjamin

(1979-    ) US teacher and author whose first works, focusing intensely on the hard wildness of inland, desert Oregon, had no direct fantastic content, though in some, like "The Woods" (February 2005 Amazing), his first tale of genre interest, that intensity of vision shifted comfortably into the supernatural. His first novel, The Wilding (2011), again with considerable force, conflates the latent violence inherent to an endangered portion of Oregon with clearly less ...

Wilson, Kelpie

(1956-    ) US engineer, environmental activist, journalist and author whose sf novel Primal Tears (2005) is an Apes as Human tale describing the birth and upbringing of a hybrid child, half Homo sapiens and half bonobo. A right-wing Christian fundamentalist sect threatens to destroy her (see Religion), but she escapes into the forests along the Pacific Rim, where she lives with protesters against the Ecological degradation of the planet. [JC]

Meredith, Edgar

(?   -?   ) UK author of a Scientific Romance, Our Stranger: A Kinemato-Romance (1936), in which the Time theories of J W Dunne are used to shape the relationship between the evolving human race, as depicted in the London of 1971, and their mentors, who inhabit a Utopia in the Far Future (see also Evolution). [JC]. /


Film (1997). Dimension Films. Directed by Guillermo Del Toro. Written by del Toro and Matthew Robbins, based on "Mimic" (December 1942 Astonishing Stories) by Donald A Wollheim writing as by Martin Pearson. Cast includes F Murray Abraham, Josh Brolin, Charles Dutton, Giancarlo Giannini, Jeremy Northam and Mira Sorvino. Theatrical cut 105 minutes; Director's Cut 112 minutes. Colour. / An entomologist (Sorvino) combats disease-carrying cockroaches by releasing a Genetically Engineered ...

7 Faces of Dr Lao

Film (1964). George Pal Productions/MGM. Produced and directed by George Pal. Written by Charles Beaumont, based on The Circus of Dr Lao (1935) by Charles Finney. Cast includes Noah Beery Jr, Barbara Eden, John Ericson, Arthur O'Connell and Tony Randall. 99 minutes. Colour. / The film is Fantasy, but warrants inclusion here as the work of a celebrated sf producer, based on an often-reprinted novel by an author much loved by sf readers. The hero of the film is really William Tuttle, whose ...

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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