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Andom, R

Pseudonym of UK author Alfred Walter Barrett (1869-?   ), who remains best known for We Three and Troddles: A Tale of London Life (1894), to which he wrote numerous sequels, one of which, In Fear of a Throne (1911), is a Ruritanian fantasy; and for other light fiction in the mode of popular figures like Jerome K Jerome. His sf and fantasy were similarly derivative; titles of interest include The Strange Adventure of Roger Wilkins and Other Stories (coll 1895), The Identity ...

Medusa Touch, The

Film (1977; US 1978). ITC Entertainment UK/Warner Brothers Pictures US. Produced by Anne V Coates and Jack Gold. Directed by Gold. Written by John Briley based on the novel The Medusa Touch (1973) by Peter Van Greenaway. Special effects supervisor: Brian Johnson. Cast includes Harry Andrews, Richard Burton, Gordon Jackson, Lee Remick and Lino Ventura. 105 minutes. Colour. / Novelist John Morlar (Burton) is almost murdered as the film begins, but is found barely alive by French Inspector ...

Adair, Gilbert

(1944-2011) Scottish literary theorist, critic, translator and author, in France 1968-1980, subsequently in the UK. His fiction has some fantasy interest, including his two Sequels by Other Hands for Young Adult readers, Alice Through the Needle's Eye (1984) and Peter Pan and the Only Children (1987), respectively sequelling Lewis Carroll and James Barrie (1830-1937); his adult novels – though they engage their protagonists in extreme situations, and explore thin partitions between Cinema ...

Vira, Soma

(1932-2003) Indian-born poet and author, based in USA where she died. She is of sf interest for her Planet Keepers sequence beginning with Checkmating Aliens (1996); the publication sequence, with later volumes in terms of internal chronology published earlier, seems not to correlate with the order in which the series was written. In a highly baroque Space Opera idiom, the sequence describes complicated conflicts and joinings between humans and Aliens, mostly conducted on an Earth ravaged by ...

Extrapolation [magazine]

Critical magazine, edited by Thomas D Clareson from its inception in December 1959; Donald M Hassler joined Clareson from the Winter 1987 issue, and became sole editor from the Spring 1990 issue, a dominant role he maintained, though the designation of his role changed at least once, until he retired in 2007. The journal has since been edited by several scholars acting as a board; they include Andrew M Butler, Michael Levy, Javier A Martinez, Wendy Pearson and John Rieder. Extrapolation ...

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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