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Snedeker, Caroline Dale

(1871-1956) US author, initially of children's books, some of them depicting life in versions of New Harmony, the town of her birth being named after the communitarian Utopia New Harmony created by her grandfather Robert Owen (1771-1858). Seth Way: A Romance of the New Harmony Community (1917) is a fictionalized (and fantasticated) biography of an experimental Scientist and early resident of New Harmony, Indiana, which had been purchased by Owen in 1825 from an earlier utopian society. Her ...

Kohda, Claire

(?   –     ) UK author whose first novel, Woman, Eating (2022), sophisticatedly examines the dilemmas – social, sexual (see Sex), philosophical – that must be faced by a Vampire in the contemporary world. The protagonist of the tale, whose father is Japanese and mother half-British half-Malaysian, seems well placed both to be impacted by her condition (see Race in SF) and ultimately to profit from it. The argument of the tale seems to be ...

Simon, Leonard

(?   -    ) US author, some of whose horror novels are of Horror in SF interest: in The Irving Solution (1977), New York is devastated by a Pandemic initially carried by rats but intensified by a Mad Scientist; in Reborn (1979) Immortality can only be achieved through the voluntary deaths of young people. [JC]

Gibbons, Cromwell

(1893-1977) US author – probably the working name of Francis Cromwell Gibbons, a chemical engineer whose two-book thriller sequence featuring the Pulp magazine-style para-legal scientific detective Rex Huxford comprises Murder in Hollywood (1936) – set amid the California film industry, with some mildly speculative radio Communications – and The Bat Woman (1938). Both tales are eventful, especially the second, in which Gibbons depicts a Neanderthal-like German Mad Scientist, ...

Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, The

Film (1970). United Artists and the Mirisch Production Company presents a Sir Nigel Films and Mirisch Films production in association with Compton Films, Phalanx Productions and the Mirisch Corporation. Directed by Billy Wilder. Written by Billy Wilder and I A L Diamond, based on characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle. Cast includes Colin Blakely, Christopher Lee, Mollie Maureen, Genevieve Page, Robert Stephens and Tamara Toumanova. 125 minutes in its original cut. Colour. / A languid and ...

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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