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Mighty Peking Man, The

Hong Kong film (1977). Original title Xīngxing Wáng; vt Goliathon; vt Colossus of the Congo. Shaw Brothers Studio. Directed by Ho Meng Hua. Written by Ni Kuang. Cast includes Ku Feng, Evelyne Kraft and Danny Lee. 90 minutes. Colour. / A Hong Kong businessman (Feng) plans to capture the Peking Man, here a 50-foot ape (see Apes as Human), who had been seen in the Indian Himalayas a few ...

Du Brul, Jack

(1968-    ) US author who has focused on Technothrillers, some of them extending into the fantastic, as does his first novel, Vulcan's Forge (1998) as by Jack B Du Brul, which begins the Philip Mercer sequence featuring a geologist who – not entirely unlike Steven Spielberg's similarly scholarly Indiana Jones – has physical gifts extending beyond the probable. In ...

Muller, Julius W

(1867-1930) US author, probably born George Washington Muller. His lightly fictionalized Future War text, The Invasion of America: A Fact Story Based on the Inexorable Mathematics of War (1916), describes a successful Near Future Invasion of America by a European coalition dominated by Germany. [JC]

Goodman, Allegra

(1967-    ) US author, most of whose fiction has been nonfantastic, beginning with her first novel, Kaaterskill Falls (1998). She is of sf interest for The Other Side of the Island (2008), a distant Near Future Dystopian tale set in a kind of Ruined Earth: the planet is now virtually covered by the rising waters caused by ...

Woodhouse, Martin

(1932-2011) UK physician (non-practising), entrepreneur, screenwriter and author, whose first work of sf interest seems to have been the story "The Higher Mathematics" as M C Woodhouse for Authentic Science Fiction #46 in June 1954. More significant was his collaboration, with his brother Hugh Woodhouse, as screenwriter for twenty-two of the twenty-six scripts for the 1961 first season of the weekly Television 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 ...

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