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Volk, Gordon

(1885-?1962) UK author who also wrote as by Raymond Knotts, in active service during World War One; he specialized almost exclusively in crime adventures without fantastic elements, with the exception of The Isle of Men (1932), a Lost Race tale set on a South Pacific Island where a race of physically superior humans is discovered. [JC]

Hoch, Edward D

(1930-2008) US author best known for his crime novels and stories, his first story, "Village of the Dead" for Famous Detective Stories in December 1955, introducing Simon Ark, an Occult Detective [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] who claims to be a 2000-year-old Coptic priest. Some of these stories are collected in The Judges of Hades and Other Simon Ark Stories (coll 1971), City of Brass and Other Simon Ark Stories (coll 1971) and The Quests of Simon Ark (1984); they are only ...

Hidden World, The

US Pulp-format magazine, 16 issues, Spring 1961 to Winter 1964, published and edited by Raymond A Palmer. This was a quarterly publication, handling Shaver-Mystery and flying-saucer (see UFOs) material, and purporting to be science fact rather than science fiction. #1 elaborated on the Shaverian "Mantongue" language. Circulation had by the end dropped from 10,000 to 2000; the issue marked Winter 1964 was in fact released in 1966. [FHP/PN] links / Galactic Central illustrated ...


1. Film (1981); vt of Fukkatsu no Hi. / 2. Film (1998). Universal Pictures and Mutual Film Company present a Dark Horse Entertainment/Valhalla Motion Pictures production. Produced by Gale Anne Hurd. Directed by John Bruno. Written by Chuck Pfarrer, Dennis Feldman, based on the comic Virus (1992-1993) by Pfarrer. Cast includes William Baldwin, Jamie Lee Curtis, Joanna Pacula and Donald Sutherland. 99 minutes. Colour. / In this run-of-the-mill Monster Movie a tugboat crew come across an ...

Liquid Sky

Film (1982). Z Films. Directed by Slava Tsukerman. Written by Tsukerman, Carlisle, Nina V Kerova. Cast includes Anne Carlisle, Susan Doukas, Paula E Sheppard and Otto von Wernherr. 112 minutes. Colour. / Aliens who have landed their tiny flying saucer on the roof of a Manhattan penthouse (see New York) observe the lives of strange young people: fashionable, Drug-using, white-faced Punk/New Wavers. The aliens are attracted to chemicals released when humans use heroin ("liquid sky") and/or ...

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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