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Tyson, J Aubrey

(1870-1930) US author whose Near Future thriller, The Scarlet Tanager (1922), which is set in 1930, rousingly presents a submarine pirate and his right-wing cohorts; a tough US intelligence agent opposes their efforts to topple the American government. A UK agent, the actress of the title, also becomes involved. Sf devices include sonar and an invisible Ray. The Barge of Haunted Lives (coll of linked stories 1923) includes several supernatural tales told in a Club Story venue. [JC]

Freedman, Nancy

(1920-2010) US actress and author whose sf novel, Joshua Son of None (1973), one of the earliest novels to deal with cloning (see Clones), depicts the intrigue surrounding the childhood and adolescence of Joshua Francis Kellogg, cloned in 1963 from the body of John F Kennedy. The Immortals (1976) is borderline sf. [JC]

Zhemaitis, Sergei

(1908-1987) Russian author who began to publish work of genre interest with the juvenile Miniaturization story Alesha Perets v strane gomunkulusov (1959 chap). His Young Adult tale, Vechnyĭ Veter: Fantasticheskaíà Povest' (in Mir priklyuchenij. Al'manakh 13, anth 1967; 1970; trans Gladys Evans as Eternal Wind 1975), set Under the Sea in the Indian Ocean, where researches in advanced Biology have been undertaken. A second title in this Deti okeana sequence, Bol'shaya Laguna ...

Bad Taste

Film (1987). WingNut. Produced, directed, edited and special effects by Peter Jackson. Written by Jackson with additional material by Ken Hammond and Tony Hiles. Cast includes Jackson, Mike Minett, Pete O'Herne, Terry Potter and Doug Wren. 92 minutes cut to 91 minutes. Colour. / Aliens invade a small town to kill humans and use them as a meat-source in a new galactic fast-food franchise, but the Invasion is defeated, in this deliberately tasteless (hence the title) low-budget New Zealand ...

Sagi, Eli

(1939-    ) Polish-born author and playwright, born Eli Perlstein, changing his name after emigration to Israel at an early age. He is predominantly known for his Television and Theatre work, creating the Arab-Hebrew sitcom Ha'misada Ha'gdola ["The Big Restaurant"] in 1985, which was widely successful both in Israel and across the Middle East; and for his 1970 stage play Imi Ha'generalit ["My Mother, The General"], considered the most commercially successful play in the ...

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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