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Manvell, Roger

(1909-1987) UK author, mostly on aspects of World War Two and on the cinema – including The Animated Film: With Pictures Taken from the Film "Animal Farm" by Halas & Batchelor (1954 chap) (see George Orwell), a study of the first feature-length animated film to be made in the UK. His sf novel, The Dreamers (1958), is a tale of revenge via a dream transmitted to the intended victim by African tribesmen. A borderline-sf explanation involved ESP is given as an alternative to the obvious ...

Hakim, Tawfiq al-

(1898-1987) Regarded along with Nobel-prize winning author Najib Mahfuz as the most important modern Egyptian author, author of over 50 books of short stories, novels, dramas and essays, some of sf interest. In 1947 he published his first sf short story, "Fi sana malyun" ["In the Year Million"]. His most interesting sf works are plays. In Rihla ila al-ghad (1950; trans as "Voyage to Tomorrow" 1981) he uses relativistic Time Travel during interstellar flight, in something of a homage to H G ...

Carney, Otis

(1922-2006) US author and screenwriter whose Good Friday – 1963: A Journey into the Heart of One Man – and into the Soul of America (1961; vt Good Friday – 196? 1964) fits into a religious frame (see Religion) a musing narrative about an America in danger of losing its heart and its soul. [JC]

Galaxy Trucker

Board Game (2007). Czech Games Edition. Designed by Vlaada Chvátil. / Galaxy Trucker is a board game in which players take on the role of space captains who must assemble and pilot a Spaceship built from tiles depicting various spaceship spare parts, and subsequently navigate a circular route around a board, undertaking various quests and challenges as determined by a series of cards. The game depends on the player creating a robust spaceship in order to survive relatively intact, ...

Forbidden World

Film (1982; vt Mutant). New World. Directed by Allan Holzman. Written by Tim Curnen. Cast includes June Chadwick, Linden Chiles, Dawn Dunlap, Fox Harris, Raymond Oliver and Jesse Vint. 86 minutes. Colour. / This cheap imitation of Alien (1979), from Roger Corman's New World exploitation factory, is distinguished by its gleefully sleazy nature and amusing cynicism. An outer-space troubleshooter (Vint) is awakened from cryo-sleep (see Cryonics), casually informed that he is now younger than ...

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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