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Arabic SF

There are, of course, many fantastic motifs in medieval Arabic literature, as in the collection of stories of various genres Alf layla wa layla ["One Thousand and One Nights"] (standard text 15th century; trans by Sir Richard Burton as The Arabian Nights, 16vols 1885-1888). In this, the stories of the City of Brass and The Ebony Horse could be regarded as Proto SF. A few Utopias were written, too, including ...

Balderston, John L

(1889-1954) US playwright and screenwriter who wrote, always in collaboration, some dramas of genre interest. Berkeley Square (performed 1926; 1928 chap) with J C Squire is a Timeslip fantasy based on The Sense of the Past (1917) by Henry James; Red Planet (1933 chap) with J E Hoare is a Near Future moral melodrama in which a hoax message from Jesus is received ...

Williams, Francis T Perry

(?   -    ) US actor (active during the 1980s) and author whose sf novel, Pollen and the Ring of Harmony (2008; rev 2009), describes the arrival on Earth of an Alien who attempts to change the minds of Homo sapiens and cure them of the delusion that Climate Change is not destroying their habitat. An Asteroid is also due to impact the ...

Wells, Ankaret

Unidentified pseudonym of the author (?   -    ) of the Requite sequence comprising The Maker's Mask (2010) and The Hawkwood War (2010), set in the Planetary Romance venue of a planet colonized many centuries earlier (see Colonization of Other Worlds), in which ancient Starships have become ...

Blue Sunshine

Film (1977). Ellanby/Blue Sunshine Co. Written and directed Jeff Lieberman. Cast includes Mark Goddard, Zalman King, Robert Walden and Deborah Winters. 95 minutes. Colour. / Lieberman's first film was a witty (if disgusting) Monster Movie, Squirm (1976) – the last word on killer worms; its novelization was Squirm (1976) by Richard A Curtis. Blue Sunshine, Lieberman's ...

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 ...



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