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Herbert, James

(1943-2013) UK advertising art director and author, best known for bestselling tales of horror, several of which have an sf premise (see Horror in SF). His first and still best known novel, The Rats (1974), which begins the Rats sequence, is a Disaster novel in which London is overwhelmed by a vicious strain of giant Mutant rats. The chaos continues in Lair (1979), where the rats have developed a greater intelligence. The third in the sequence, Domain (1980), is a Post-Holocaust novel set after ...

Byers, Edward A

(1939-1989) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Painway" in Analog for April 1979; none of his stories have been collected. His two novels are both Hard SF Space Operas with an emphasis on wide-screen action. In The Long Forgetting (1985), an Alien civilization imposes a light-years-wide Amnesia- generating quarantine on Homo sapiens, generating in time a hard-earned fightback. The eponymous Stargate in The Babylon Gate (1989) is transformed by its owners into a Weapon ...

Spence, Catherine Helen

(1825-1910) Scottish-born author, in Australia from 1839, where she was a central literary figure for more than half a century; her first novel, Clara Morison: A Tale of South Australia during the Gold Fever (1854), was the first novel by an Australian woman to be set in Australia; An Agnostic's Progress from the Known to the Unknown (1884) is an afterlife allegory. She wrote two works of sf interest. Handfasted (written circa 1879; 1984), a Utopia with Lost-World elements set in the hidden ...

Mimic

Film (1997). Dimension Films. Directed by Guillermo Del Toro. Written by del Toro and Matthew Robbins, based on "Mimic" (December 1942 Astonishing Stories) by Donald A Wollheim writing as by Martin Pearson. Cast includes F Murray Abraham, Josh Brolin, Charles Dutton, Giancarlo Giannini, Jeremy Northam and Mira Sorvino. Theatrical cut 105 minutes; Director's Cut 112 minutes. Colour. / An entomologist (Sorvino) combats disease-carrying cockroaches by releasing a Genetically Engineered ...

van Vogt, A E

(1912-2000) Canadian author, in the US from November 1944, when he was welcomed to Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society and made regular appearances at its meetings (see Fandom). He was born Alfred Vogt and legally changed this to Alfred Elton van Vogt during the process of applying for American citizenship in 1945. Van Vogt did not therefore leave his native land until his early thirties, and it is arguable that a Canadian solitudinousness colours his work throughout; it is ...

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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