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Iceland's literary history is littered with the fantastical and weird; J R R Tolkien and C S Lewis were influenced in their writing by Icelandic sagas, which had been translated by William Morris. But ventures into the general field of sf were rather rare until recently. The short story "Jólaförin árið 2000" ["Christmas journey in the year 2000"] (Christmas 1900 Heimskringla), by western-Icelander Snær Snæland, pseudonym of Kristján Ásgeir ...

Henry, W O

(1858-?   ) US physician and author whose Equitania: Or, the Land of Equity (1914) is a minor but pleasingly put Utopia in the mode of Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888), though set on a Pacific Island originally colonized by Europeans, Asians and Americans looking for a better life. [JC]

Palmer, Frederick

(1873-1958) US journalist widely known as a war correspondent in various conflicts after 1897, and author of numerous nonfiction exercises in military Futures Studies, early emphasizing the likelihood of World War Two. Of sf interest are two Near Future tales: The Last Shot (1914), in which World War One is anticipated in detail; and So a Leader Came (1932), narrating the circumstances in which a charismatic leader may (as Adolf Hitler was about to) take over a country in crisis. [JC]

Meier, Shirley

(1960-    ) Canadian author and poet who began to publish work of genre interest with "Trave" in the Shared World anthology Magic in Ithkar 4 (anth 1987) edited by Robert Adams and Andre Norton. Her first novel-length works were set in another shared world, the Fifth Millennium Fantasy series initiated by S M Stirling: Meier's contributions begin with The Sharpest Edge (1986; vt Saber and Shadow 1992) with S M Stirling – second in the sequence – and include the ...

Mutiny in Outer Space

Film (1965). Hugo Grimaldi Film Productions. Directed by Hugo Grimaldi and Arthur C Pierce (uncredited). Written by Arthur C Pierce. Cast includes Carl Crow, Pamela Curran, James Dobson, Dolores Faith, Richard Garland, Glenn Langan and William Leslie. 82 minutes. Black and white. / Astronauts Gordon Towers (Leslie) and Dan Webber (Crow), returning from the Moon with samples from newly discovered "ice caves", stop at Space Station X-7 (see Space Stations), where Webber collapses upon ...

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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