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Crawshay-Williams, Eliot

Working name of Leonard Eliot Crawshay Williams (1879-1962) – when he adopted the hyphenation is uncertain – UK politician (Liberal Member of Parliament 1910-1913) who saw active service in World War One, and author whose Night in No Time: A Novel (1946) is a Timeslip fantasy. His Time Paradox story, "The Man Who Met Himself" (in The Man Who Met Himself and Other Stories, coll 1947), deals with the familiar sf trope of encountering an older/younger version of oneself; other tales of ...

Klune, TJ

(1982-    ) US author most whose Young Adult fiction has focused on gay and LGBTQ issues; of these, the best known is probably The House in the Cerulean Sea (2020), a complex fantasy set partly on an Island inhabited by childhood imagos of various creatures of legend (see Mythology; Supernatural Creatures); the protagonist determines to collaborate with others to save them from a grotesque world. The earlier Immemorial Year sequence beginning with Withered + Sere (2016), is ...

Shinjō Kazuma

(?   -    ) Japanese author whose early success came in 1991 with a Tie to a Play-by-Mail game: Hōrai Gakuen ["Penglai Academy"] set at a huge, 100,000-strong school of duellists and schemers, itself on an offshore island that takes its name from that of the "isles of the immortals" in Chinese legend. His subsequent work has largely remained in the multiple chapbook format known as Light Novels in Japan (see also Motoko Arai; Yuichi Sasamoto), a genre in ...

Livingstone, Ian

(1949-    ) UK Game designer, writer and entrepreneur, honoured with an Order of the British Empire for "services to the computer game industry" in 2006. With Steve Jackson and John Peake, Livingstone founded Games Workshop in 1975, hoping to create and sell their own games, though the early growth of the business depended on importing US Role Playing Games. Games Workshop was later to become something of a British institution in the mould of 2000 AD, trading on the darkly ...

Flame Barrier, The

Film (1958; vt It Fell from the Flame Barrier). Gramercy Pictures/United Artists. Produced by Arthur Gardner and Jules V Levy. Directed by Paul Landres. Written by Pat Fielder and George Worthing Yates from a story by Yates. Cast includes Robert Brown, Kathleen Crowley and Arthur Franz. 70 minutes. Black and white. / Attractive Carol Dahlmann (Crowley) hires jungle guide Dave Hollister (Franz) to lead an expedition in search of her missing husband, a wealthy industrialist and amateur Space ...

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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