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Michel, Louise

(1830-1905) French teacher, anarchist and author, imprisoned in 1871 and deported in 1873 for her unyielding dedication to the principles that inspired the Communards during the siege of Paris 1870-1871, returning to France in 1880 as a convinced anarchist and Feminist; she was frequently imprisoned in later years, which she spent partly in exile in London; her funeral in Marseille was attended by a vast crowd. Her sf consists of the first two volumes of a projected loose Future History series, ...

Science Fantasy Film Classics

Letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema Magazine printed on newsprint-quality paper with some slick pages included. Editors: Irv Karchmer, then Bill Hulsizer. Publisher: Tandem Publications. Four issues from December 1977 to October 1978. Publication was roughly quarterly. / One of a number of sf film publications which appeared on US newsstands in the late 1970s when science fiction again became highly profitable at the box office, Science Fantasy Film Classics was of better quality than most. ...

Edogawa Ranpo

Main pseudonym of Japanese mystery author Tarō Hirai (1894-1965), sometimes romanized as Edogawa Rampo, a name derived from the Japanese pronunciation of Edgar Allan Poe, who was his literary idol. An amateur translator of Arthur Conan Doyle during his studies in economics at Waseda University, Edogawa began publishing detective stories and macabre chillers commencing with "Ni-sen Dōka" ["The 2-sen Copper Coin"] (April 1923 Shinseinen, trans Jeffrey Angles in Modanizumu: Modernist ...

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace

Film (1999). A Lucasfilm Ltd Production. Directed by George Lucas. Written by Lucas. Cast includes Jake Lloyd, Ian McDiarmid, Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson and Natalie Portman. 133 minutes. Colour. / Although the work of a man in his fifties, The Phantom Menace is the most juvenile of the Star Wars films. The opening film in a prequel trilogy, the movie suffers from being a first act. Characters are introduced, future events are foreshadowed, but very little actually happens. The Phantom ...

Allen, Roger MacBride

(1957-    ) US author who began writing with the Torch Space-Opera series, The Torch of Honor (1985) and Rogue Powers (1986) – both assembled as Allies and Aliens (omni, rev 1995) – whose considerable impact may seem excessive to anyone familiar only with the books in synopsis, as neither might have appeared to offer anything new. The Torch of Honor begins with a scene all too evocative of Robert A Heinlein's sf juveniles from three decades earlier, as a batch of ...

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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