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Barre, Daniel

(?   -?   ) Probably pseudonymous UK author of The King's Messenger: A Wonderful Long Complete Story (1915), in which a Lost World, whose giant Black ruler has military ambitions, is discovered through a six-mile tunnel, and its sequel, The Great White Chief: A Powerful Long Romance (1915); the location is Africa, the Lost Race turns out to be one of the Lost Tribes of Israel, who are now Moon Worshippers (see Moon); but God – through the agency of the ...


German rock band, whose first release Auf Der Bahn Zum Uranus (1974) uses the "road from Earth to Uranus" as a loose organizing premise for a number of songs that celebrate a hippy cosmic oneness ("Tanz Mit Der Mond", "Mutter Erd"). The band's name is the German for Gaia, and the jazz-blues guitar-based improvisation tends towards the mystic-pantheist. A second album, Alraunes Alptraum (1975) contains only 20 minutes of original music, along similar lines. [AR]

Adjustment Bureau, The

Film (2011). Universal Studios and Media Rights Capital present a Gambit Pictures production in association with Electric Shepherd Productions. Written and directed by George Nolfi. Based on the story "Adjustment Team" (September/October 1954 Orbit Science Fiction) by Philip K Dick. Cast includes Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Anthony Mackie, John Slattery and Terence Stamp. 106 minutes. Colour. / The first feature from the production company established by Dick's daughters during the making of A ...

Great Wall, The

Chinese film (2016; vt Chang Cheng). Legendary East, Le Vision, Atlas Entertainment, China Film Group, Universal Pictures. Directed by Zhang Yimou, starring Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, Jing Tian, Andy Lau. Written by Carlo Bernard, Doug Miro, Tony Gilroy. 104 minutes. Colour. / In the eleventh century CE, William (Damon) and Tovar (Pascal) are the last survivors of a group of European mercenaries who have made the long journey to China in search of the secret of gunpowder (see ...

Gorer, Geoffrey

(1905-1985) UK anthropologist and author whose speculative studies in the cultural anthropology of the Western world – much influenced by his lifelong friend Margaret Mead (1901-1978) – were famous during his lifetime, and whose Nobody Talks Politics: A Satire With an Appendix on our Political Intelligentsia (1936) is a Satire on UK Politics of the 1930s as seen through the eyes of a young man woken from a ten-year trance (see Sleeper Awakes). Its Epilogue is set in the Near Future. ...

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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