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Marquardt, Michelle

(1971-    ) Australian veterinarian, writer and editor, married to Bill Congreve. Her debut novel won the George Turner Prize for the best unpublished novel in 2000 and was published as Blue Silence (2002). The novel revolves around two earth-orbit Space Habitats, already at loggerheads over lifestyle and resources, on one of which an unknown Spaceship lands. The craft somewhat resembles a long-lost spacecraft that went missing with a small crew many years previously – ...

Snowpiercer

Film (2013). Snowpiercer, Moho Film, Opus Pictures. Directed by Joon-ho Bong. Written by Joon-ho Bong and Kelly Masterson, from the Graphic Novel Le Transperceneige (graph 1982; trans as The Explorers 2014) by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette. Cast includes Jamie Bell, Chris Evans, Ed Harris, John Hurt, Vlad Ivanov, Kang-ho Song, Octavia Spencer and Tilda Swinton. 126 minutes. Colour. / It is a film which bears signs of travel. Though 80% of Snowpiercer's dialogue is in English, the ...

Scanziani, Piero

(1908-2003) Swiss journalist and author active from around the late 1920s, several of whose novels are Fantastika, some being of sf interest. The protagonists of I cinque continenti ["The Five Continents"] (1942; rev 1983) visit a small Island which proves to be inhabited by the last survivors of Atlantis; the investigation of the nature of the life of the eponymous protagonist of Felix (1952; rev 1980) depends on its being conducted in the year 2000; and Libro bianco (1968; rev 1983; trans ...

Heath, Peter

Working name of US author Peter Heath Fine (1938-1995), whose novels Assassins from Tomorrow (1967) – which suggests that John F Kennedy (see Icons) was assassinated by killers from the future – The Mind Brothers (1967) and Men Who Die Twice (1968) comprise the thriller-like Mind Brothers sf series, which combines a great deal of fairly convoluted action with Time Travel. The non-sf Night Trains (1979) as Peter Heath Fine is a darkly comic crime caper novel about a Religion-inspired ...

Galdone, Paul

(1907-1986) American artist, born in Hungary, who moved to the United States at the age of fourteen. At some time he received artistic training at the Art Students' League and the New York School for Industrial Design, but he did not begin working for book publishers until after World War II. While he became best known for his work in children's books, Galdone also worked four years for Doubleday, garnering a few assignments to provide covers for adult books, including C M Kornbluth's The ...

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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