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Depestre, René

(1926-    ) Haitian poet and author, his life being spent elsewhere, his political activism, initially as a Communist, requiring constant displacements until he settled in France after about 1968; active from 1945. He is of some sf interest for Hadriana dans tous mes têves (1988 trans Kaiama L Glover as Hadriana in All My Dreams 2017), which Equipoisally conflates Haitian legends and "scientific" explanations of the apparent transformation of a young bride on her ...

Galopin, Arnould

(1863-1934) French author whose nonfantastic novels were critically respected; several were set in World War One, and reflected his war service in the Merchant Marine. Most of his career, however, was focused on popular thrillers, often containing a fantastic element, as in the Doctor Omega sequence beginning with Le Docteur Omega [for subtitle see Checklist below] (1906; adapted Jean-Marc Lofficier and Randy Lofficier as Doctor Omega 2003), in which the eponymous, only seemingly scatterbrained ...

Gautier, Judith

Working name of French poet and author Louise Charlotte Ernestine Gautier (1845-1917), daughter of Théophile Gautier, and deeply influenced in her long-standing and intense use of Oriental venues and themes by Pierre Loti (1850-1923). Her stories cannot be thought of easily as sf, but the elaborate and engaging use of myth and traditional motif makes it possible to think of her as a significant figure in the evolution of French Fantastika as a whole. After Isoline (1882 chap), ...


Film (2002). New Line Cinema presents a Niccol Films production. Written and directed by Andrew Niccol. Cast includes Catherine Keener, Elias Koteas, Jay Mohr, Al Pacino, Rachel Roberts, Winona Ryder and Pruitt Taylor Vince. 117 minutes. Colour. / A dying computer scientist (Koteas) presents a fading Hollywood auteur (Pacino) with the secret technology to create a digital "synthespian" – a Virtual Reality screen goddess (Roberts) who can be digitally inserted into footage and even ...

Stewart, Jean

(1953-    ) US author of the Women of Isis sf sequence, beginning with Return to Isis (1992) and ending (in mid-narrative) with Return to Isis (1992). The sequence, set in a Ruined Earth venue in a manner that evokes the Planetary Romance, is a forcefully articulated presentation of a world in which a lesbian state (see Gender; Sex) can gain and retain autonomy. This venue, a distant Near Future transformation of America, is divided basically into two states: Elysium, run by ...

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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