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Thomas, Eugene E

(1894-?   ) US author of occult works; those with some sf relevance include Fragments from the Past (1930), whose protagonist is sent by Timeslip to Atlantis, where he warns selected Atlanteans of the catastrophe to come; and Brotherhood of Mt Shasta (1946), whose protagonist meets Secret Masters Underground, who return him to romantic bliss in ancient Lemuria. [JC]

Eakins, William

(1944-    ) US civil servant who specialized in environmental health issues, and author of Key West, 2720 A.D. (1989), a novel set in Florida in a gay context (see Gender; Sex); this life is threatened. Eakins should not be confused with the short-fiction author William R Eakin (see Neverworlds). [JC]

Superman III

Film (1983). Dovemead/Cantharus/Alexander and Ilya Salkind. Directed by Richard Lester. Written by David Newman, Leslie Newman. Cast includes Jackie Cooper, Marc McClure, Annette O'Toole, Richard Pryor, Christopher Reeve, Pamela Stephenson and Robert Vaughn. 125 minutes. Colour. / Sequel to Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980), this is a movie on a more domestic scale, involving Clark Kent returning to the Midwest for a high-school reunion, where he (as opposed to his colourful alter ego) ...

Nutty Professor, The

Film (1963). Jerry Lewis Productions/Paramount. Directed by Jerry Lewis. Written by Lewis, Bill Richmond. Cast includes Kathleen Freeman, Lewis, Dell Moore, Howard Morris and Stella Stevens. 107 minutes. Colour. / Even those who do not normally enjoy the heavily overstated comedy of Lewis, which depends a lot on gesticulation and face-pulling, admit this to be one of his best films; it is a remake as a campus comedy of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, with Lewis playing both Professor Kelp, the nerd ...

Day, Langston

(1894-1977) UK author whose Magic Casements (coll 1951) assembles mythological fantasies, and whose The Deep Blue Ice (1960) features the experiences of a Victorian mountaineer who is frozen in ice for half a century, and on revival (see Sleeper Awakes) must face the present day. He also became involved with George de la Warr's "radionics" researches and co-authored New Worlds Beyond the Atom (1956) and Matter in the Making (1966) with de la Warr. [JC/DRL]

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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