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Hale, Michael

(1949-    ) UK-born author whose family emigrated to Canada when he was seven; now in the USA. Of his various novels, The Other Child (1986) is of sf interest for its description of the Upload of a dead child's mind or soul into a Computer environment which is already occupied – the tale is also obedient to the rules of Horror – by a murderous sentience, the similarly reincarnated AI mentality of a serial killer. A Fold in the Tent of the Sky (1998) features a ...

Page, Jake

Working name of US author James Keena Page Jr (1936-2016), most of whose work is nonfiction, with a focus on the natural history of Western America and on Native American culture. His fiction consists mostly of mysteries set in Western venues. Of sf interest is Operation: Shatterhand (1996), an Alternate History set in a World War Two in which Germans invade the American West (see Hitler Wins) in cahoots with Al Capone's mob, but lose in the end; Apacheria (1998), another Alternate History in ...

Prince of Darkness

Film (1987). Alive. Directed by John Carpenter. Written by Martin Quatermass (Carpenter). Cast includes Lisa Blount, Jameson Parker, Donald Pleasence and Victor Wong. 101 minutes. Colour. / An old priest, guardian of a vat containing Satan as a green liquid, dies. Young physicists are brought to the derelict church by another worried priest (Pleasence) to analyse the strange powers here. The church is surrounded by bag ladies and vagrants (one being rock-star Alice Cooper) who kill anybody ...

Tempest, John

Pseudonym of US author Julian Spillsbury (?   -    ) for Vision of the Hunter (1989), a Young Adult Prehistoric SF tale set in Northern Europe; the young culture-hero protagonist is responsible for the Invention of agriculture. [JC]

Raphael, Rick

(1919-1994) US author and journalist who began publishing sf with "A Filbert is a Nut" for Astounding in November 1959 and established a considerable reputation in the field with a comparatively small output of about ten stories, most of them assembled in The Thirst Quenchers (coll 1965) and Code Three (fixup 1966). The first contains four good stories, the best of which is the title story about professionals in a future where Earth's water is carefully rationed, their job being its proper ...

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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