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Vampire Bat, The

Film (1933). Majestic Pictures Inc. Produced by Phil Goldstone and Larry Darmour. Directed by Frank R Strayer. Written by Edward T Lowe. Cast includes Lionel Atwill, Melvyn Douglas, Maude Eburne, Robert Frazer, Dwight Frye and Fay Wray. 63 minutes. Black and white. / In the village of Kleinschloss somewhere in central Europe, there is a rash of mysterious deaths in which the blood is drained from victims' bodies. Two small puncture marks are found on each throat, as if made by needle-sharp ...

Gavin, Jamila

(1941-    ) Indian-born children's author in UK from the early 1950s, prolific in several genres since she began publishing in 1979. Of sf interest are Ali and the Robots (1986), a not particularly challenging tale involving Robots, and the more ambitious The Wormholers (1996), an Alternate Cosmos tale. [JC]

Sense of Wonder

A term used to describe the sensation which, according to the Cliché of fan criticism that goes back at least to the 1940s, good sf should inspire in the reader. In Metamorphoses of Science Fiction (1979) Darko Suvin summed up the attitude of many critics by describing the term as "another superannuated slogan of much SF criticism due for a deserved retirement into the same limbo as extrapolation". And yet ... / "Sense of wonder" is an interesting critical phrase, for it defines sf ...

Castle, Jack

Pseudonym of US professional stuntman, police officer and author Chris Tortora (?   -    ), in the first capacity employed for about a decade with Universal Studios. His first novel, Europa Journal (2015) – which at some early points is structurally evocative of Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) directed by Steven Spielberg and other films involving First Contact such as Stargate (1994) directed by Roland Emmerich – expands into unfettered ...

Thorpe, Gav

Working name of UK game designer and author Gavin Thorpe (1974-    ), most of whose work has consisted of Ties to the Warhammer 40,000 universe, beginning with Warhammer 40,000: 13th Legion (2000) ins the Warhammer 40,000: Last Chancers subseries. He has also contributed to the Warhammer fantasy universe, beginning with Warhammer: The Claws of Chaos: Slaves to Darkness, Book One (2002) in the Warhammer: Slaves to Darkness. Not connected to either universe is the Empire of ...

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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