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Kilian, Crawford

(1941-    ) US-born teacher and author, in Canada from 1967 and a Canadian citizen from 1973 who began publishing work of genre interest with a fantasy for younger children, Wonders, Inc. (1968 chap). He began to publish sf with the first volume of his complex Chronoplane Wars sequence, The Empire of Time (1978), which continued after a gap of years with The Fall of the Republic (1987) and Rogue Emperor: A Novel of the Chronoplane Wars (1988). The protagonist of the series ...

Flying Saucer Daffy

Short US film (1958). Columbia Pictures. Directed by Jules White. Written by Jack White (screenplay) and Warren Wilson (story). Cast includes Joe Besser, Gail Bonney, Diana Darrin, Larry Fine, Moe Howard Bek Nelson, and Emil Sitka. Seventeen minutes. Black and white. / After Joe (Besser) accidentally photographs a paper plate tossed into the sky, the other members of the Three Stooges, Moe (Howard) and Larry (Fine), take credit for the photograph and are given a $10,000 prize for providing ...

Van Loon, Hendrik Willem

(1882-1944) Dutch-born historian and author, permanently in the US from 1919 when he was naturalized; he is best known for The Story of Mankind (1921), written (unlike H G Wells's almost simultaneous undertaking) primarily for children. His first work of sf interest was "If the Dutch Had Kept Nieuw Amsterdam" (in If It had Happened Otherwise: Lapses into Imaginary History, anth 1931; vt If: or History Rewritten 1931, ed J C Squire), which speculates about early New York. Invasion [for subtitle ...

Mysterious Wu Fang, The

US Pulp magazine, seven issues September 1935 to March 1936, monthly, published by Popular Publications; edited by Edythe Seims working for Rogers Terrill. Intended to capitalize on the popularity of Sax Rohmer's Dr Fu-Manchu (featured in films and a radio series of the period; see Fu Manchu), The Mysterious Wu Fang showed the "Dragon Lord of Crime" seeking world domination, sometimes using sf means in the attempt. The novels were by the prolific Robert J Hogan, who was simultaneously producing ...

Haibane Renmei

Japanese animated tv series (2002). Radix. Based on the Manga by Yoshitoshi Abe. Directed by Tomokazu Tokoro. Written by Yoshitoshi Abe. Voice cast includes Ryō Hirohashi, Junko Noda, Tamio Ōki and Akiko Yajima. 13 25-minute episodes. Colour. / A girl dreams of falling whilst a crow tries to prevent her descent. Meanwhile, cigarette-smoking Reki (Noda), wearing a halo and small pair of wings, discovers a giant cocoon in a storeroom. Eventually it hatches, releasing the dreamer. ...

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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