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Colburn, Frona Eunice Wait

(1859-1946) US author of Yermah the Dorado (1897 as by Frona Eunice Wait; rev vt Yermah the Dorado: The Story of a Lost Race 1913 under her full name), which is set in the ninth millennium BCE, at a time when the Aryan empire of Atlantis governs a Utopia on the site of what will eventually become San Francisco; it is not technically a Lost Race tale. The congested plot, much ...

Seiun Award

["Nebula Award"] The name for a set of genre prizes voted on by members of the annual Japanese Science Fiction Convention. These Awards take their name from the short-lived Seiun ["Nebula"], a single-issue magazine published by Tetsu Yano in 1954, and acknowledged as Japan's first. Despite the titular resemblance to the Nebula awards given by ...

From Beyond

Film (1986). Taryn/Empire. Executive producer Charles Band. Directed by Stuart Gordon. Written by Dennis Paoli, loosely based on "From Beyond" (June 1934 The Fantasy Fan) by H P Lovecraft. Cast includes Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Ken Foree, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon and Ted Sorel. 85 minutes. Colour. / With three of the same leading players, the same production team, and ...

Wallis, Dave

(1917-1990) UK teacher (after serving with the Royal Signals during World War Two) and author of four novels. Only one is sf: the near-future Dystopian fantasy Only Lovers Left Alive (1964), in which the mass Suicide of the adult population leaves teenagers on their own in what rapidly becomes an anarchic UK. The book expressed contemporary Paranoia about scooter gangs, adolescent violence, ...

Along the Moonbeam Trail

US silent film (1920). Herbert M Dawley Production. Directed, written and with special effects by Herbert M Dawley. Cast includes Herbert M Dawley. Circa 15 minutes. Black and white. / Uncle Jack Holmes (Dawley) takes his two nephews to camp in an "enchanted wood". As they sleep, Queen Mab, fairy of dreams (see Supernatural Creatures), arrives: she gives them a magic biplane (see Transportation) ...

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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