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Fahrenheit 451

Film (1966). Anglo-Enterprise and Vineyard/Universal. Directed by François Truffaut. Written by Truffaut, Jean-Louis Richard, based on Fahrenheit 451 (February 1951 Galaxy as "The Fireman"; exp 1953) by Ray Bradbury. Cast includes Julie Christie, Cyril Cusack, Anton Diffring and Oscar Werner. 112 minutes. Colour. / Bradbury's angry parable is about a future Dystopia in which all books are banned. The hero (Werner) is a member of the Fire Brigade, whose function is not to put out ...

Savile, Frank

(1865-1950) UK author who began his writing career under the alias Knarf Elivas (his own names reversed) with John Ship, Mariner (1898), an historical nautical adventure set at the time of the Spanish Armada. His next novel, The Foray of the "Hendrik Hudson" (1898), the first under his own name, is a non-fantasy involving a treasure hunt across Russia and Finland in search of a Viking hoard. This sequence of nautical tales ended in a fully-fledged fantastic adventure, Beyond the Great South ...

Baker, William Elliott Smith

(1830-1900) US author, usually on Economics. His anonymous The Battle of Coney Island; Or, Free-Trade Overthrown: A Scrap of History Written in 1900: By an Eyewitness (1883) is a Near Future Satire protesting against free trade; during the course of the tale, New York suffers an Invasion at the hands of the Republic of Yucatan. Though backed secretly by Britain, the Yucatanians are defeated. [JC]

Devine, Arthur D

Pseudonym of South African author and journalist Arthur Durham Divine (1904-1987), in the UK from before World War Two and active as a war correspondent throughout that conflict; he also wrote as A D Devine, A D Divine, David Divine and David Rame. Of genre interest is Wings over the Atlantic (date unknown but pre-1938), in which a brilliant Mad Scientist attempts the traditional task of conquering the world with his Inventions. Tunnel from Calais (1942; 1943 as by David Rame) is a Channel ...

Youers, Rio

(1971-    ) UK-born author in Canada for many years; his early work, beginning with Everdead (2008), tends to supernatural horror, an emphasis shifting, in a tale like Point Hollow (2015), to topoi verging on Horror in SF, as a malign entity within a mountain gives small-town Americans a glimpse of some truths about the past. The Forgotten Girl (2017) is a paranormal thriller whose protagonist, attempting to track down a mysterious woman from his past, discovers that she has ...

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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