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Turton, Godfrey

(1901-1985) UK author of such fantasies as The Devil's Churchyard (1970) and The Festival of Flora: A Story of Ancient and Modern Times (1972). He remains of some sf interest for There Was Once a City (1927), in which an ancient City is inundated through a Disaster whose causation is Equipoisal between supernatural hubris and natural cataclysm; and The Moon Dies (1972), a book-length blank-verse narrative (see Poetry) of the destruction of Earth's first Moon (broken apart by Gravity), the death ...

Erdrich, Louise

(1954-    ) US author whose many novels, most set in or adjacent to Ojibwe/Chippewa country in North Dakota, have strongly and rightly shaped the presentation of Native American experience over the past century of life under the complex and oppressive surveillance of a guilt-ridden but compulsively exploitive conqueror civilization. Most of her fiction, beginning with Love Medicine (coll of linked stories 1984; exp 1993), have treated with a reticent literalness some aspects ...

Science Fiction Studies

Academic journal, published both from the USA and from Canada, founded Spring 1973, current, 107 issues to March 2009, three issues a year. Science Fiction Studies was co-edited from the outset by R D Mullen and Darko Suvin, with Mullen also acting as publisher; the magazine was first published from Indiana State University, where Mullen taught. He left at the end of 1978, and in 1979 with #17 the magazine moved to McGill University in Montreal, where it was edited by Suvin, Marc Angenot and ...

Paterson, Isabel

(1886-1961) Canadian journalist, literary critic and author, in the US from around 1915, whose The God of the Machine (1943) originated many of the tenets of libertarianism (see Libertarian SF) whose intellectual interactions with Ayn Rand from the 1930s on were mutually influential. Of her fiction, The Road of the Gods (1930) is a Lost Race novel set in Germany 2,000 years ago. [JC]

Last Woman on Earth

Film (1960). Filmgroup. Produced and directed by Roger Corman. Written by Towne. Cast includes Antony Carbone, Betsy Jones-Moreland and Edward Wain (pseudonym of Robert Towne). 71 minutes. Colour. / For unexplained reasons (war?) the world is drained of oxygen for several hours; the lone survivors (as far as we know) are three scuba divers: two men (one wealthy and aggressive, one effete and intellectual) and the first man's wife. Scientifically silly and poorly acted, with scriptwriter ...

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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