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Cowling, Ruby

(?   -    ) UK academic and author whose first decade of stories – most of interest as Fantastika, all unfailingly adventurous – have been assembled as This Paradise (coll 2019); most of her work is set in a surveillance-soaked Paranoia-inducing very Near Future rather similar to that found in several of the episodes of the Television anthology series Black Mirror (2011-2019). On the Caribbean island described as "This Paradise", a twenty-nine year ...

Vale, Rena

(1898-1983) US scriptwriter, investigator for the California State Assembly Committee on Un-American Activities, and author who began publishing sf with the novella The Shining City (May 1952 Science Fiction Quarterly; 2012 dos), and with her first novel, The Red Court [for subtitle see Checklist] (1952), whose negative analysis of Communism and its planned takeover of America – including the use of fluoridation to tame recalcitrant populations (see Paranoia) – ventures into the ...

Lytton, Edward Bulwer

(1803-1873) UK author, known as Edward Lytton Bulwer until 1838, when he was knighted, becoming Sir Edward Bulwer. He became Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1843 when he succeeded to the Knebworth estate on his mother's death, a version of his name often used. More simply, he was also known as Bulwer Lytton; the standard editions of his collected works give his name as Lord Lytton. He became Colonial Secretary in 1858-1859 (he signed the documents creating British Columbia and Queensland), and was ...


Videogame (1988). Magnetic Scrolls (MS). Designed by Pete Kemp, John Molloy, Phil South, Robert Steggles. Platforms: Amiga, AtariST, C64, DOS (1988); Spectrum (1989). / Fish! is a surreal text Adventure (with static illustrations) in which the player adopts the role of an inter-dimensional secret agent. This hero is something of a serial body snatcher, travelling between Parallel Worlds by possessing the bodies of their inhabitants (see Identity Transfer). As the game begins, the main ...

Terrore Nello Spazio

Italian film (1965; vt Planet of the Vampires). Italian International/Castilla Cinematografica/American International Pictures (AIP). Directed by Mario Bava. Written by (English) Louis M Heyward, Ib Melchior; (Italian) Callisto Cosulich, Antonio Roman, Alberto Bevilacqua, Bava, Rafael J Salvia; based on a story by Melchior, based in turn on an Italian story by Renato Pestriniero. Cast includes Angel Aranda, Norma Bengell, Evi Morandi and Barry Sullivan. 86 minutes. Colour. / This ...

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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