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O'Riordan, Robert

(1943-    ) Canadian teacher and author whose Cadre sequence of Space Operas comprising Cadre One (1985), Cadre Lucifer (1987) and Cadre Messiah (1988) follows the career of orphaned space cadet Pol Tryees into adventurous adulthood across the Galactic Empire, which he comes to understand and perhaps to rule. [JC]

Morrall, Clare

(1952-    ) UK author whose earlier work, like her first novel, the nonfantastic Astonishing Splashes of Colour (2004), tend to feature characters immersed in edgily dysfunctional lives, with some sense that the pressure of the world may cause them to burst beyond the mundane into situations of psychic extremity. Her first novel of sf interest, When the Floods Came (2015), places its Young Adult protagonist into a Near Future world itself under near intolerable stress, for ...

Bell, Madison Smartt

(1957-    ) US author, most of whose work has been nonfantastic. His second novel Waiting for the End of the World (1985) is, however, an exercise in intermittently postmodern Fantastika (see Postmodernism and SF); its protagonist, who speaks with the devil, plans to explode a nuclear weapon in New York, but instead of accomplishing this goal achieves a personal Transcendence through spontaneous combustion, successfully willing his body to explode. The protagonist of Behind ...

Time Machine, The

1. Film (1960). Galaxy Films/MGM. Produced and directed by George Pal. Written by David Duncan, based on The Time Machine (1895) by H G Wells. Cast includes Sebastian Cabot, Yvette Mimieux, Rod Taylor and Alan Young. Morlock designs by Pal (uncredited). 103 minutes. Colour. / Unlike Pal's earlier Wells adaptation, War of the Worlds (1953), The Time Machine is set in the Victorian era – at least at the beginning of the film – and it is these sequences, with the inventor ...

Butler, Ewan

(1911-1974) UK journalist (The Times, Daily Mail) and author, son of Sir Harold Butler, a politician who founded the International Labour Office in Geneva; educated at Eton; served in World War Two. In his supernatural thriller, "Talk of the Devil" (1948), the Devil visits England with foul consequences. Of sf interest is his Hitler Wins tale, Without Apology: The Autobiography of Sir George Maudesley, Bart (1968), in which a figure like Oswald Mosley justifies his role as head of the puppet ...

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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