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Wolfe, Louis

(1905-1985) US author in whose Children's SF tale, Journey of the Oceanauts: Across the Bottom of the Atlantic Ocean on Foot (1968), three genetically engineered (see Genetic Engineering) Mutants make the eponymous 4000 mile trek. [JC]

Thomas, Lex

Joint pseudonym of US authors Lex Hrabe (?   -    ), who is also an actor, and Thomas Voorhies (?   -    ), who is also a painter, a profession that predates his writing work. Their Young Adult Quarantine sequence beginning with Quarantine: The Loners (2012) depicts – with considerable violence – existence in a high school after a virus, which kills adults but which teenagers can carry unscathed, necessitates a ...

Nader, Ralph

(1934-    ) US lawyer and political activist whose campaigns have targeted various issues, with an increasing emphasis on Ecology and Climate Change; he has run for President of the United States four times. Of specific sf interest is "Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!" (2009), an Alternate History tale in which seventeen "super-rich" individuals, starting around 2005, begin the transformation of America into a Utopia. The story combines spoof and serious Thought Experiment. ...


Film (1998). Warner Bros presents a Baltimore Pictures and Constant c production in association with Punch Productions. Directed by Barry Levinson. Written by Paul Attanasio, Stephen Hauser and Kurt Wimmer, based on the novel Sphere (1987) by Michael Crichton. Cast includes Peter Coyote, Marga Gómez, Dustin Hoffman, Samuel L Jackson, Queen Latifah, Liev Schreiber and Sharon Stone. 134 minutes. Colour. / Scientists investigating an Alien orb aboard a submerged Spaceship descend into ...

Estoclet, Alphonse E

(1847-1929) French-born teacher, translator and author, in UK circa 1880s, in US from 1890. His translations, of little-known late novels by Jules Verne, have not been subject to serious examination. [JC]

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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