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Brynner, Rock

Working name of US musician, actor, academic and author Yul Brynner Junior (1946-2023), "Rock" being a childhood nickname in honour of the boxer Rocky Graziano; his relationship with his father Yul Brynner (1920-1985) was complex but fruitful, resulting in two studies of that actor. The son is of sf interest for The Doomsday Report (1998), a very Near-Future Satire on the ...

Sketchley, Martin

(1967-    ) UK author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Morals Profane" for Xenos #30 in April 1995. His principal sf achievement is the effectively written Delgado/Structure trilogy, comprising The Affinity Trap (2004), The Destiny Mask (2005) and The Liberty Gun (2006). This opens on a Dystopian future Earth whose unpleasant military dictatorship is opposed by the flawed ...

Lawnmower Man, The

Film (1992). Allied Vision Lane Pringle/Fuji Eight Co. Directed by Brett Leonard. Written by Leonard, Gimel Everett. Cast includes Pierce Brosnan, Jeff Fahey, Geoffrey Lewis and Jenny Wright. 108 minutes. Colour. / The full title is Stephen King's The Lawnmower Man, but the film has been repudiated by King, angry at the cynicism whereby his old short story "The Lawnmower Man" (May 1975 Cavalier) was purchased to ...

Kirkham, Nellie

(1897-1979) Birth name, used for all her writing, of the UK author whose married name from 1928 was Mrs James H D Myatt. Her sf novel, Unrest of Their Time (1938), utilizes the Time theories of J W Dunne – specifically his argument that time can be comprehended as a palimpsest of closely compressed spirals, and that different periods can be accessed by crossing over to an earlier or strand (see ...

Berry, Adrian

(1937-2016) UK science journalist (chiefly in the London Daily Telegraph, of which he was the science correspondent from 1977 to 1996 and thereafter the consulting editor for science) and occasional sf author; he was a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and an enthusiastic advocate of Space Flight. His sf novels – the Koyama sequence comprising Koyama's Diamond: A Novel of the Far Future (1982) and ...

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 ...

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