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Owen, David

(?   -    ) UK journalist and author of Young Adult novels. His first, Panther (2015), rims Fantastika edgily in the story of a panther loose in London that the protagonist hopes to trap, in order to lift himself from depression caused in part by living in the suburbs. In The Fallen Children: They Will Rise (2017) a similar world is suddenly overturned when four adolescent girls on the Midwich Estate disappear overnight while all around them fall mysteriously ...

Morgan, Joseph

(1671-circa 1742) US minister, entrepreneur and author in various modes. His The History of the Kingdom of Basaruah [for subtitle see Checklist] (1715; cut vt Brief History of the Country of Humanity [for subtitle see Checklist] 1728), as by A Traveller in Basaruah, stands as the first prose fiction written and published in what would become the USA. Though more important as an allegory than as an example of Proto SF, Basaruah does represent the narrative of an Imaginary Voyage to an ...

Hartman, Emerson B

(?1888/1889-1969) US author whose Lunarchia: That Strange World Beneath the Moon's Crust (1937) began a projected six-volume interplanetary sequence in the Edgar Rice Burroughs vein with the discovery of a colourful civilization within the Moon. No further volumes appeared. In The Giant of the Sierras (1945) a Lost World is discovered in California inhabited by giants, Dinosaurs, and other creatures. [JC]

20,000 Leagues under the Sea

Film (1954). Walt Disney (see The Walt Disney Company). Directed by Richard Fleischer. Written by Earl Felton, based on Vingt mille lieues sous les mers (1870; trans as Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Seas 1872) by Jules Verne. Cast includes Kirk Douglas, Peter Lorre, Paul Lukas and James Mason. 127 minutes. Colour. / This early Walt Disney live-action film set Under the Sea was one of his best and most lavish. Fleischer later returned to sf themes with Fantastic Voyage (1966) and Soylent ...

Fantastic Films

Small Bedsheet-size Cinema Magazine printed on glossy paper; saddle-stapled. 46 issues from 1978 to 1985. Published in the USA by Blake Publications Corporation. Editor: Irving Karchmer. Publication schedule was nominally bimonthly, but issues appeared on a somewhat irregular basis. / One of the numerous sf film publications which appeared in the wake of the success of Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and Star Wars (1977). Fantastic Films proved to be a magazine of good quality ...

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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