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Krol, Torsten

(?   -    ) Australian author, whose reclusiveness has led to unconfirmed speculations that Torsten Krol is a pseudonym. His first novel, The Dolphin People (2006) skirts the fantastic in its depiction of the extreme behaviour of a German family (including at least one war criminal) whose plane has crashed in the Amazonian jungle just after World War Two, and who must convince the tribe that discovers them that they are in fact descended from dolphins. ...

Areton, Emil Cohen

(1951-    ) US author of The New Atlanteans: A Science Fiction Novel Based on Our Past and Future (1994), in which survivors from Atlantis have complex effects upon twentieth-century history. [JC]

Jetée, La

Film (1962; vt The Jetty; vt The Pier). Argos/Arcturus Films. Produced, written and directed by Chris Marker. Cast includes Hélène Chatelain, Davos Hanich, Jacques Ledoux and with voice-over narration by Jean Negroni. 29 minutes. Black and white. / La Jetée was made in 1962 and was soon widely seen on the festival circuit, winning awards before its notional April 1964 release date. This celebrated French ciné-roman, Chris Marker's masterpiece, twenty-nine ...

Karp, David

(1922-1999) US author whose sf novel One (1953; vt Escape to Nowhere 1955) is a notable Mainstream use of sf modes as a way of expressing Dystopian views about the future. Though distinctly less convincing than such predecessors as Arthur Koestler's Darkness at Noon (1940) or George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), it does present a salutarily grim and sharply described vision of a totalitarian future America, and of the brutal mind-control that must be imposed if such a state is to ...

Morris, Jonathan

(1973-    ) UK author involved in the Doctor Who universe, for which he has written two Ties: Doctor Who: Festival of Death (2000) and Doctor Who: Anachrophobia (2002), the latter an intricate tale threatening to engage deeply in Time Paradoxes and Time Out of Sequence tropes. [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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