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Charyn, Jerome

(1937-    ) US author who was born and educated in New York, which city he gradually transformed in his fiction into a Magic-Realist venue whose mythopoeic resonances and exorbitant happenings hover (see Equipoise) at the edge of generic displacements (and beyond), and strongly prefigure the fabulated New York of writers like John Crowley and Mark Helprin. Metropolis: New York as Myth, Marketplace, and Magical Land (1986) powerfully realizes New York in nonfiction terms, ...

Rosenblum, Mary

(1952-2018) US medical researcher and author who wrote mysteries as by Mary Freeman. She began publishing sf with "For a Price" for Asimov's in June 1990. Her first three novels explore various reaches of the contemporary sf landscape, though her favoured venue remains the American West. The Drylands (1993; exp vt as coll Water Rites 2007), which is derived from several stories but does not duplicate earlier material, posits a Near Future America quite strictly continuous with the present day: ...

Humanoids from the Deep

Film (1980; vt Monster; vt Beneath the Darkness). New World Pictures. Executive producer Roger Corman (uncredited). Directed by Barbara Peters and Jimmy T Murakami (uncredited). Written by Frederick James from a story by Frank Arnold and Martin B Cohen. Cast includes Doug McClure, Vic Morrow, Lynn Schiller (as Lynn Theel), Ann Turkel and Cindy Weintraub. 80 minutes. Colour. / Offshore from the village of Noyo, California, fisherman Jim Hill (McClure) and his wife Carol (Weintraub) see ...

Burton, LeVar

Working name of US actor and director Levardis Burton (1957-    ), who signs his first name as LeVar. He has been much involved in the Star Trek Television enterprises, playing the blind Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994) and directing several episodes in that and other Star Trek series; he reprised the role for Cinema in Star Trek: Generations (1994) and subsequent films spun off from Star Trek: The Next Generation. His sf ...

Furuhashi Hideyuki

(1971-    ) Japanese author, who graduated in Sociology from Hōsei University, Tokyo, and worked briefly as a graphic assistant at the Games company Capcom on the first iteration of Resident Evil. His debut novel, Black Rod (1996 2vols) depicts a Dystopian society in which human emotions are subject to government control in the interests of public safety. Beyond many derivative, Anime-inspired Light Novels, Aru Hi, Bakudan ga Ochite Kite ["One Day, the Bombs Were ...

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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