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Cheynell, Francis

(1608-1665) UK minister, controversialist from a Presbyterian point of view, and author; his Proto SF Satire, Aulicus His Dream, of the Kings Sudden Comming to London (1644 chap), is one of the first texts in English to be set, even notionally, in the future. The pamphlet complicatedly attacks the Royalist newspaper, Mercurius Aulicus, issues of which were routinely smuggled into London, and has no room in its few pages to develop its future setting. [JC]

Ice Pirates, The

Film (1984). MGM/United Artists. Directed by Stewart Raffill. Written by Raffill, Stanford Sherman. Cast includes Mary Crosby, Anjelica Huston, John Matuszak, Ron Perlman, Michael D Roberts and Robert Urich. 94 minutes. Colour. / Sf Parodies have seldom worked well in the cinema, but this is an exception. Jason (Urich) is a pirate captain of a Spaceship (he and his crew carry cutlasses and wear high boots) who raids merchant ships for ice (the planets in this area being arid), meets a ...

Men in Black

Film (1997). Columbia Pictures Industries Inc/Amblin Entertainment. Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, executive producer Steven Spielberg. Written by Ed Solomon, based on the Aircel Comic The Men in Black (1990-1991) by Lowell Cunningham and Sandy Carruthers. Cast includes Vincent D'Onofrio, Linda Fiorentino, Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. 98 minutes. Colour. / Despite the blissful unawareness of almost everybody, Aliens are among us – especially in Manhattan (see New York), which is ...

Queneau, Raymond

(1903-1976) French author, active from about 1920 and a founder member of the Oulipo movement, whose parodic (sometimes harum-scarum) poems and novels occasionally reconstruct mimetic forms into examples of Fantastika, light-heartedly. Pierrot mon Amour (1942; trans J Maclaren-Ross as Pierrot 1950) is particularly fantasticated. Of some interest is Saint Glinglin (1948; trans James Sallis 1993), a slapdash Rabelaisian Utopia set in an imaginary City called Home Town (see Absurdist SF). He ...

Schwarz-Bart, Simone

(1938-    ) French-born author, in Guadeloupe from infancy, married to André Schwarz-Bart; of sf interest is Ti Jean L'horizon (1979; trans Barbara Bray as Between Two Worlds 1981), an Equipoisal tale tracing the life of a folk hero in mythological and sf terms; the great cloud that darkens Guadeloupe may be deemed allegorical of white Imperialism, but is described in terms which allow a literal reading. [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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