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Waberi, Abdourahman A

(1965-    ) Djiboutian journalist and author, mostly in France from around 1985; Le Pays sans ombre (coll 1994; trans Jeanne Garane as The Land Without Shadows 2005) assembles nonfantastic stories set in his native land. He is of sf interest for Aux États-Unis d'Afrique: Roman (2006; trans David and Nicole Ball as In the United States of Africa 2009), an Alternate World tale ...

Andromeda Breakthrough, The

UK tv serial (1962). A BBC TV production. Produced by John Elliot, written Fred Hoyle, Elliot. Six episodes, five at 45 minutes, the sixth 50 minutes. Black and white. The cast included Peter Halliday, Mary Morris, Barry Linehan, John Hollis, Susan Hampshire. / In this sequel to A for Andromeda the android woman built according to instructions from the stars is played by Susan ...

Emmerich, Roland

(1955-    ) German filmmaker. His first three features were made in Germany: the cold-war Space Station thriller Das Arche Noah Prinzip (1984; vt The Noah's Ark Principle US), supernatural fantasy Joey (1985; vt Making Contact), and mining-planet action piece Moon 44 (1989). The last featured US actor Dean Devlin, who would go on to write and produce on Emmerich's early Hollywood ...

Robbins, Judith Redman

(1941-    ) US author of the Coyote Woman trilogy beginning with Coyote Woman (1996), a Prehistoric SF sequence set in the time of the Anasazi civilization and following the life story of a young woman who, instead of marrying as ordained, becomes a force for good in her world (see Feminism; Women in SF) and culture changer. [JC]

Black Sleep, The

Film (1956; vt Dr Cadman's Secret). Bel-Air Productions/United Artists. Produced by Aubrey Schenck and Howard W Koch. Directed by Reginald Le Borg (as LeBorg). Written by John C Higgins from a story by Gerald Drayson Adams. Cast includes Patricia Blair (credited as Patricia Blake), Claire Carleton, John Carradine, Lon Chaney Jr, Peter Gordon, Tor Johnson, Bela Lugosi, Basil Rathbone, Herbert Rudley, Phyllis Stanley, Akim Tamiroff and Sally Yarnell. Narrator: Rathbone. 82 minutes. ...

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 ...

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