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Yarbro, Chelsea Quinn

(1942-    ) US composer and author, more active in and better known for her occult and mystery tales than for her early sf, which is mostly restricted to work from the 1970s; she has also written as Quinn Fawcett (with Bill Fawcett), Camille Gabor, Trystam Kith and Vanessa Pryor. After around 1980 she became (and has remained) identified with the Saint-Germain sequence of fantasies about a sympathetic immortal Vampire of aristocratic birth. Set in Europe and elsewhere over a ...

Pereira Mendes, H

(1852-1937) UK-born rabbi, academic and author, in the USA from 1877, where he wrote prolifically in many genres. Looking Ahead: Twentieth Century Happenings (1899) tells of various socialist upheavals, beginning in the Near Future and moving forward, which lead to several world wars and are defeated, in the end, only by an alliance of theocratical Christians and Jews, which also establishes in Palestine a Jewish homeland ruled by a descendant of the ancient Jewish monarchy. [JC]

Fire in the Sky

Film (1993). Paramount. Directed by Robert Lieberman, screenplay Tracy Torme based on The Walton Experience by Travis Walton. Cast includes James Garner, Robert Patrick, Craig Sheffer and D B Sweeney. 109 minutes. Colour. / Based on a supposedly nonfictional account of the abduction by Aliens of one member of a six-man forest-clearing team in Arizona, the film concentrates on local suspicions that the other five may have murdered him, and the inability of anyone to believe their fantastic ...

Wright, John C

(1961-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Not Born a Man" in Aberrations for Christmas 1994, and whose novels, most of them comprising series, vigorously attest the value of modern Space Opera as a format or arena capable of representing complex philosophical and (perhaps less rewardingly to a general audience) Religious arguments, ranging from Politics to Evolution to Eschatology. His use of the form is baroquely and intriguingly opportunistic, ...

Dryden, J L

(?   -?   ) US author of book-length sf poem about Atlantis, Mona: Queen of Lost Atlantis: An Idyllic Re-embodiment of Long Forgotten History (1925), which traces the rise and fall of the great Island. [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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