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Bridge, Ann

Pseudonym of UK author Mary Dolling O'Malley (1889-1974), active from the 1920s until the year before her death. Some supernatural fantasies are assembled in The Song in the House (coll 1936); And Then You Came (1948), a Timeslip tale, hovers Equipoisally between fantasy and sf – the slippage through time being understood in fantasy terms as a magnetically enforced coming together of first-century CE ...

Platts, W Carter

(1864-1944) UK author whose spoof sf collection, Up-To-To-Morrow; Or, Mr Chumson's Experiments (coll of linked stories 1903), depicts a series of Inventions, most of them sf, and their comical failure. [JC]

Temné Slunce

Film (1980; vt Dark Sun; The Black Sun). Filmové studio Barrandov. Directed by Otakar Vávra. Written by Vávra, Jiří Šotola, loosely based on Krakatit (1924; trans 1925) by Karel Čapek. Cast includes Radoslav Brzobohatý, Rudolf Hrušínský and Magda Vašáryová. 133 minutes. Colour. / This is the better-known of Vávra's two ...

O'Brien, Sean

(?   -    ) US teacher and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "World Enough and Time" in The Leading Edge for February 1997. His first novel, A Muse of Fire (2010 ebook), follows the childhood of a potential Superman on the colony planet of Mnemosyne (see Colonization of Other Worlds). ...

Taylor, John Edwin

(1883-1916) US author whose Cy Hains's Sermo-Phone and Other Stories (coll 1909 chap) contains some stories involving Inventions, which although spoofed do exist within an sf frame. [JC]

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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