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Bloom, Rachel

(?1987-    ) US comedian, author and performer of the single "Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury" (2010). This song and its accompanying video (in which the pneumatic Ms Bloom poses in a schoolgirl costume clutching a photograph of Ray Bradbury to her bosom) parlayed its geeky lubriciousness into internet success. Though in essence a novelty song it was well-received by sf fans, becoming only the second musical text to be nominated for a best-related-work Hugo (the first being Paul ...

He Xi

(1971-    ) Pen-name for an unidentified Chinese author and multiple Yinhe Award-winner, perhaps best known for his reworking of Chinese Mythology in "Ban Gu" (1996 Kehuan Shijie). A student at the Chengdu University of Science and Technology, He enjoyed a flurry of short story publications after his debut "Yiye Fengkuang" ["One Crazy Night"] (1991 venue unknown) before suddenly disappearing from the field for two years in 1997, after his itinerant job in information ...

Schealer, John M

(1920-2008) US businessman and author whose Zip-Zip sequences, beginning with Zip-Zip and His Flying Saucer (1956), offers Space Opera adventures for younger readers; Mars and Venus are visited harmlessly. The Sycamore Warrior: A Mystery of Ancient Egypt (1960) verges on the fantastic in its depiction of the effects of a mysterious statue on two young protagonists, one from 2650 BCE, the other from 1470 BCE. [JC]

Sedia, Ekaterina

(1970-    ) USSR-born biologist and author, in America from 1984; she began publishing work of genre interest with "Alphabet Angels" with David Bartell in Analog for March 2005. Though most of her work is Fantasy, sf topoi thread through much of her fiction to date, usually as elements in her complex framings of the contemporary urban environment, framings which tend to exclude the Vampires and Werewolves and other gear that became almost de rigueur for a period in the first ...

Death Line

Film (1972; vt Raw Meat US). K-L Productions. Directed by Gary Sherman. Written by Ceri Jones, from a story by Sherman. Cast includes Hugh Armstrong, Sharon Gurney, David Ladd, Donald Pleasence and Norman Rossington. 87 minutes. Colour. / In the late nineteenth century a group of construction workers building an extension to London's Underground railway system are buried in a cave-in. In the present, late-night travellers at Russell Square tube station are being murdered (and eaten) by, we ...

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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