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Galier, W H

(?   -?   ) Australian author of whom nothing is known beyond A Visit to Blestland (1896), whose protagonists involuntarily embark upon a Fantastic Voyage when their ship is torn from the ocean by a mysterious tempest; they land upon the planet of Blestland, a Utopia inhabited – Galier's brand of belated Proto SF here segues into the supernatural – by the spirits of the dead. [JC]


Made-for-tv film (1984). BBC-TV. Directed by Mick Jackson. Written by Barry Hines. Cast includes David Brierly, June Broughton, Reece Dinsdale, Karen Meagher, Henry Moxon and Sylvia Stoker. 115 minutes. Colour. / This BBC production, at once a UK equivalent of The Day After (1983) and an attempt to update the harrowing vision of Peter Watkins's The War Game (1965), is an impressive and persuasive account of a near-future World War Three nuclear attack on the UK, focusing on the fate of ...


Film (1994). Largo International N.V. in association with JVC Entertainment present a Signature/Renaissance/Dark Horse Entertainment Production. Directed by Hyams. Executive producer Mike Richardson; producers include Sam Raimi. Written by Mark Verheiden from a story by Richardson and Verheiden, based on the Comics series created by Richardson and Verheiden. Cast includes Scott Bellis, Bruce McGill, Gloria Reuben, Mia Sara, Jason Schombing, Ron Silver and Jean-Claude Van Damme. 98 minutes. ...

Bawden, Edward

(1903-1989) UK painter and illustrator, conspicuously versatile and active from the mid-1920s to the end of his life; his vivid graphic style – in which spaces and perspectives are controlled through powerfully architectonic linear patterning enabled through his innovative skill as a lino cutter – became very widely known in Britain. He provided illustrations and covers for several books of genre interest, including (by dates of editions he illustrated) Lance de Giberne Sieveking's ...

Langford, George

(1876-1964) US industrialist, amateur palaeontologist and author of several Prehistoric SF tales for juvenile readers (see Children's SF), beginning with the two Pic the Weapon-Maker tales, Pic the Weapon-Maker (1920) and Kutnar, Son of Pic (1921), set 25,000 years ago and featuring what may be Telepathic rapport with mammoths; Senrac, the Lion Man: Adventures of a Boy in the Stone Age (1954) touches fairly closely upon some Tarzan tropes in its depiction of the raising of a feral human boy and ...

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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