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Teilhet, Darwin L

(1904-1964) US screenwriter and author, who also wrote as by Cyrus T Fisher; his suspense thrillers normally stop short of the fantastic, though The Fear Makers (1945), filmed as The Fearmakers (1958) to his own script, describes a very Near Future conspiracy to betray America. The mystery embedded in the nature of the returning soldier protagonist's dead partner edges into the fantastic; the film is entirely mundane. [JC]

Simenon, Georges

(1903-1989) Belgian-born author, in France 1925-1945 and 1955-1957, famous over his enormously prolific career mainly for the seventy-five or so Maigret novels about a Paris-based police inspector, and also for what he called romans durs: savagely intense studies of men – women hardly feature as protagonists in his work – who have been driven to and beyond their psychological limits, and who break. Of these novels, La neige était sale (1948; trans Louise Varese as The Snow ...

Sap Nin

["Ten Years"] Film (2015 Hong Kong). Ten Years Studio. Directed by Ng Ka-leung, Jevons Au, Chow Kwun-wai, Wong Fei-Pang, Kwok Zune, starring Peter Chan, Wong Ching, Lau Ho-Chi, Leung Kin-Ping, Liu Kai-chi, Siu Hin Ng. Screenplay by various hands. 104 minutes. Colour. / An anthology piece of five Near-Future Dystopian vignettes about life in Hong Kong in the year 2025, made for an impressively low budget. All are conceived as Satires or meditations on the undermining of the Hong Kong Basic ...

World SF

1. An international association of sf professionals (not only authors, but also artists, critics, editors, agents, publishers, etc.), founded in Dublin, September 1976, by professionals at the First World Science Fiction Writers' Conference, and coming into operation as of the 1978 Dublin meeting. World SF's stated aim was "the general dissemination of creative sf, the furthering of scholarship, the interchange of ideas ... the fostering of closer bonds between those who already hold such deep ...

Proctor, Frederick J

(?   -?   ) UK author of a Lost Race tale, The Secret of Mark Pepys (1899), set in the mountains of California, where Toltec descendants have created a secret civilization, with a queen. [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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