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Okojie, Irenosen

(?   -    ) Nigerian-born author, in UK from the age of eight, much of whose work complexly and radically narrates the immense land of her birth in terms that evoke Fantastika in general, though always on the understanding that stories told in those terms should be understood as uttered literally (stories like hers, often described in terms of Magic Realism, suffer misprision when understood as metaphorical). The bottle of palm wine found on a London street in ...

Benett, Léon

Working name of French artist and illustrator Hippolyte Léon Benet (1839-1916), active from around 1867. Along with Édouard Riou, he is the best known of the many illustrators for Jules Verne's Voyages Extraordinaires sequence, beginning with Around the World in Eighty Days (1873), and providing illustrations and covers for twenty-five later novels in the huge project. Other French authors whose work he illustrated and/or provided covers for including Camille Flammarion and ...

Freeman, Steven F

(?   -    ) US author who also writes as by Malcolm Pierce; his Blackwell Files sequence beginning with Nefarious (2013) [series not listed in Checklist] edges toward genuine Technothriller territory, but the adventures of the married team of investigators do not ever quite reach the fantastic. Freeman is of sf interest for Supertide (2020), a Disaster tale whose protagonists uncover the imminence of mid-tectonic plate volcanic action on an immense scale; the ...

North, David

(?   -    ) US or Canadian author of whom nothing is known – whose Time Warriors sequence of Military SF adventures, beginning with Time Warriors #1: Fuse Point (1991), sends its protagonists, a Vietnam vet and his barbarian sidekick named Brom, via Time Travel into various conflicts and Parallel Worlds, where they act, with considerable brutality, as Time Police. [JC]

Deep Impact

Film (1998). DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures present a Zanuck/Brown production. Directed by Mimi Leder. Written by Bruce Joel Rubin and Michael Tolkin. Cast includes Robert Duvall, Morgan Freeman, Téa Leoni and Elijah Wood. 121 minutes. Colour. / In this old-fashioned Disaster movie, humanity's future is threatened by a large Comet on a course to collide with the Earth. Nuclear weapons delivered by the spaceship Messiah fail to deter it, instead breaking the comet into two ...

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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