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Miracle Mile

Film (1988). Hemdale Film, Miracle Mile Productions. Written and directed by Steve De Jarnatt. Cast includes John Agar, Denise Crosby, Anthony Edwards, Lou Hancock, Mykelti Williamson and Mare Winningham. 87 minutes. Colour. / Miracle Mile was shot on location in the 1980s Miracle Mile district of Los Angeles (see California), and covers a period of twenty-four hours in the lives of visitor Harry Warshello (Edwards) and resident Julie Peters (Winningham), who meet at the La Brea Tar Pits ...

Emshwiller, Carol

(1921-2019) US non-teaching scholar – she gained BAs in Music and Design, and was a Fullbright Fellow in France around 1950 – and author who began to publish sf with "This Thing Called Love" for Future in 1955. She was married from 1949 until his death in 1990 to Ed Emshwiller, with whom she occasionally collaborated (and often, as she made clear, argued); but from the beginning of her career the razor-sharp exactness of her language and the subversive power of the themes she ...

Engh, M J

(1933-    ) US librarian and author whose first sf novel, Arslan (1976; vt A Wind from Bukhara 1989), established a strong underground reputation in its first incarnation as a paperback original; a hardbound edition was released a decade later. Arslan, a young warlord from Near-Future Turkestan, has enigmatically conquered both the USA and the USSR. He personally occupies the small Illinois town of Kraftsville, mentally and physically seducing a teenage boy while at the same ...

Choose Your Own Adventure

Gamebook series (from 1979). Bantam Books, Chooseco. Designed by Edward Packard, R A Montgomery. / Choose Your Own Adventure is a line of "variable plot" or "multiform" books for younger readers; the path taken through the text is determined entirely by choices made by the protagonist, without the Role Playing Game-like rule-based mechanics used in such series as Fighting Fantasy. This structure resembles the "tree literature" proposed by the Oulipo group based on the algorithmic operations ...

François, Yves Regis

Working name of French-born author Yves Regis François Barbero (1943-2009), in the US from early childhood; in his Space Opera, The CTZ Paradigm (1975), the Interstellar Confederation is threatened by religious fanatics (see Religion) whose shock troops, Androids constructed from Aliens, threaten to conquer the galaxy. [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 and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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