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Canada

The first serious Canadian sf work was James de Mille's posthumously published A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder (1888). In this Utopian satire, set in a Lost World, Western values are inverted (criminals are regarded as diseased, the ill are imprisoned, dying is deemed more desirable than living). Successors of De Mille were Grant Allen and Robert Barr (the latter Scottish-born), expatriate Canadian writers who published early sf in London and New York rather than in Montreal or ...

Dream Hacking

Term used in this encyclopedia for the now frequent sf trope in which entry is made into someone's personal dreams or mental landscape (as though this literal Inner Space were a physical geography or Pocket Universe) to study or influence the contents. This has long been imagined as an intriguing technique of future Psychology. / A pioneering sf example is Peter Phillips's "Dreams are Sacred" (September 1948 Astounding), in which the mental link is provided by a glorified ...

Cardinal, Jane

Pseudonym of UK author Ethel Williamson (?   -?   ), who also wrote as by Cherry Veheyne; the Living Idol beginning with The Living Idol: A Romantic Melodrama (1933) treats the Clichés of the Lost Race novel in terms of the Sheik Romance: a starlet, while being held hostage by a prince of ancient lineage who boasts Superpowers, learns love at his hands (veiled). In the sequel, The Taming of the Despot (1934), love and wisdom triumph against an Invasion ...

Willard, Tom

(?   -    ) US author of Military SF adventures: the Strike Fighters sequence, beginning with Strike Fighters (1990) and ending with Strike Fighters #7: Blood River (1991), which slides occasionally into Technothriller country; and the Afrikorps sequence as by Bill Dolan, beginning with Afrikorps (1991) and ending with Cobra Curse (1993), set two centuries hence after global warming (see Climate Change) has created a Ruined Earth, with Mutant armies pouring ...

Man of Steel

American film (2013). Warner Brothers/Legendary Pictures/Syncopy. Directed by Zack Snyder. Written by David S Goyer, based on a story by Goyer and Christopher Nolan using characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Cast includes Amy Adams, Henry Cavill, Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, Michael Shannon, Antje Traue and Ayelet Zurer. 143 minutes. Colour. / In this version of the Superman story, the eponymous hero comes from a decadent Krypton that has ...

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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