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Under the Skin

Film (2013). Film4 and BFI present in association with Silver Reel, Creative Scotland and FinnNation Entertainment a Nick Wechsler/J W Films production. Directed by Jonathan Glazer. Written by Walter Campbell and Jonathan Glazer, based on Under the Skin (2000) by Michel Faber. Cast includes Scarlett Johansson and Adam Pearson. 108 minutes. Colour. / There are two films here. The first Under the Skin, which is of less interest in the context of this encyclopedia, is a work of art without ...

Brex, J Twells

(1873-1920) UK journalist and author, active from the 1890s, some of his work being contributed to Boys' Papers; The Civil War of 1915 (1912) describes a Near Future class war in Britain. "Scare-Mongerings" from the Daily Mail 1896-1914: The Paper That Foretold the War (anth 1914 chap) assembles claimed Predictions of World War One, some fictional; Adventures on the Home Front (coll 1918) is nonfantastic. "A Christmas House-Party (Being Excerpts from the Diary of Samuel Pepys the Second)" in ...

Wilson, William

(circa 1826-1886) UK poet, publisher and author whose book of criticism, A Little Earnest Book upon a Great Old Subject: With the Story of the Poet-Lover (coll 1851), is of interest (see Definitions of SF). In Chapter X, "Science-Fiction – R H Horne's Poor Artist – Notice of the Same ...", he discusses R H Horne's lightly fictionalized discourse on Art, The Poor Artist; Or, Seven Eye-sights and One Object: "Science in Fable" (1850), which in the style of the Beast Fable [see The ...

Schwehn, Kaethe

(circa 1979-    ) US academic, memoirist and author whose first novel, The Rending and the Nest (2018) is of sf interest for its depiction of a vast Disaster, the disappearance of 95% of the human race, though typically of the Mainstream Writer of SF this "inexplicable" vanishment is more metaphorical than actual. The survivors of this disaster, or some of them, occupy a remote rural Keep, with strange births, and the sudden irruption of a Mysterious Stranger who tricks them ...

Mitchell, Professor Willis

(1846-1919) US entrepreneur who described himself on census returns as "inventor" or once as "electrical inventor", holder of many 1890s patents, mostly for improvements on existing inventions. In his modestly fictionalized Utopia, The Inhabitants of Mars [for subtitle see Checklist] (1895), the "Professor" interviews a man who has visited Mars in a hypnotic trance. Mars is run mostly by electricity (see Power Sources), and the inhabitants profess a Christianity-like Religion. The author's ...

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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