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Dasgupta, Rana

(1971-    ) UK-born author now resident in India whose first book, Tokyo Cancelled (coll of linked stories 2005), presents a series of Club Story tales told by thirteen passengers stranded overnight in an airport because snow has forced the cancellation of their flight to Tokyo. The tales themselves – as befit narratives told by displaced citizens of the contemporary world – are exceedingly various, running from mundane fiction to fairy tale to fantasy and sf. ...

Sleep No More

Radio anthology series (1956-1957). NBC Radio Network. Producers included Kenneth MacGregor. Announcer: Ben Grauer. Cast includes Nelson Olmstead (1914-1992). 24 15-minute and later 30-minute episodes. / Authors who had stories adapted included Ambrose Bierce, Algernon Blackwood, Jack London, Edgar Allan Poe and others. Surviving sf episodes include "Conqueror's Isle" (June 1946 Blue Book) by Nelson S Bond, previously adapted for the radio series Escape (1947-1954); "Thus I Refute Beelzy" ...

SuperMarionation

Animated puppet technique devised by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson and used in a sequence of television shows of which most were sf: Four Feather Falls (1960) (fantasy in a US Western setting), Fireball Xl5 (1962-1963), Stingray (1964-1965), Thunderbirds (1965-1966), Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons (1967-1968), Joe 90 (1968-1969) and The Secret Service (1969). The last mixed the SuperMarionation technique with live-action sequences, somewhat unsuccessfully. [DRL]

Meteor

Film (1979). American International Pictures/Meteor Joint Venture/Palladium Productions. Produced by Arnold H Orgolini, Theodore R Parvin (credited as Theodore Parvin), and Run Run Shaw. Directed by Ronald Neame. Written by Edmund H North and Stanley Mann from a story by North. (Partial cast) Cast includes Sean Connery, Henry Fonda, Brian Keith, Martin Landeau, Karl Malden and Natalie Wood. 108 minutes. Colour. / A large Comet is passing dangerously close to the (fictitious) giant Asteroid ...

Hussey, David

(?   -    ) UK author of a Utopia, No Sting, No Honey (1938), set on a South Pacific Island where women, following Eugenic precepts, have transformed themselves into the dominant sex (see Feminism). [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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