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McDonnell, Caimh

(1975-    ) Irish stand-up comedian and author whose nonfantastic novels [not listed below] have appeared as by Caimh McDonnell. His only work of some sf interest, The Stranger Times (2021), as by C K McDonnell, is a spoofish Satire on a more or less contemporary Britain not dissimilar to the societies portrayed by authors like Tom Holt or Robert Rankin. The protagonist of the tale discovers that there is a factual basis to many of the exorbitantly Paranoid stories published ...

Alien Resurrection

Film (1997). Twentieth Century Fox/A Brandywine Production. Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Written by Joss Whedon. Cast includes Brad Dourif, J E Freeman, Ron Perlman, Dominique Pinon, Winona Ryder, Sigourney Weaver and Michael Wincott. 109 minutes. Colour. / This is the fourth, and presumably final, film in the Alien series, released eighteen years after the first, and set 200 years after the third. (We do not count as strictly part of the series spin-offs such as AVP Alien vs Predator ...

Sales, Ian

(?   -    ) UK author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Kerrol Ki" for The Scanner #8 in 1990; he has also published many reviews in the UK from about 1988. The loose Apollo Quartet sequence – comprising Adrift on the Sea of Rains (2012); The Eye with Which the Universe Beholds Itself (2013); Then Will the Great Ocean Wash Deep Above (2013) and All That Outer Space Allows (2013) – presents separate tales thematically linked. The ...

Kissick, Lucy

(?   -    ) UK planetary geochemist in the nuclear industry and author whose first novel, Plutoshine (2022), describes with numerate intensity the attempted Terraforming of Pluto (see Outer Planets) by a team of scientists and others troubled by evidences of sabotage. There is a remoteness to the telling that evokes the latter-day Scientific Romance, though the ending is moderately upbeat. [JC]

Lloyd-Jones, Robin

(1934-    ) UK author, much of whose work, both nonfiction and fiction, is set in the Arctic; his novel of sf interest, The Dreamhouse (1985), set in a surreal Alaska, combines Steampunk and Gaslight Romance [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] in a narrative set mostly Underground, in a vast network of goldmining tunnels that comprise a counter-world to the life above. [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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