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Barth, John

(1930-2024) US academic and author, one of the central fabulists (see Fabulation) of his generation of writers, noted for a sometimes relentless experimentalism, an inability or disinclination to cease upon the moment of story he famously articulated in "The Literature of Exhaustion" (August 1967 The Atlantic), where postmodern (see Postmodernism and SF) writers are presented as miming the genuine stories before ...

Wheatley, Dennis

(1897-1977) UK author who served in both World War One and World War Two, in the latter conflict with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 1941-1944. He was a prolific and extremely popular author of many espionage thrillers and historical romances, although the best of his work – and since his death the only category of his large oeuvre to be read at all widely – consists of a number of black-magic tales in ...

Mather, Matthew

(1969-2022) UK-born author, hardware and software developer and cybersecurity consultant raised in Montreal, Canada; known for Near Future sf and Technothrillers. He began to publish work of genre interest with the Atopia sf thriller sequence opening with The Complete Atopia Chronicles (2012; vt The Atopia Chronicles 2012), in which multiplex Virtual Reality ...

Wetanson, Burt

Working name of US screenwriter and author Burton R Wetanson (1934-    ), who collaborated with Thomas Hoobler (who see for details) on the Hunters sequence comprising The Hunters (1978) and The Treasure Hunters (1983). [JC]

Kiss Me Deadly

Film (1955). Parklane. Produced and directed by Robert Aldrich. Written by A I Bezzerides, based remotely on Kiss Me, Deadly (1952) by Mickey Spillane. Cast includes Maxine Cooper, Albert Dekker, Chloris Leachman, Ralph Meeker, Gaby Rogers and Paul Stewart. 105 minutes. Black and white. / This extraordinary film noir, now recognized as one of the greatest of its period, substitutes a boxful of radioactivity – a kind of ...

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 ...

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