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Egan, Kevin

(1952-    ) US author who has also written as by K J Egan and as Conor Daly, most of his work being nonfantastic. His first novel, however, The Perseus Breed (1988), is an sf tale. The disappearance of women in New York every thirty years is investigated by a professor of Psychology, who discovers that for complex reasons planet Earth has become a nursery for a Pariah Elite of resident Aliens, who regularly harvest their victims. [JC]

Armentrout, Jennifer L

(1980-    ) US author, often of paranormal romance tales for the Young Adult market, though much of her wide output is nonfantastic; she has also written as by J Lynn. She is of sf interest for the Lux Universe sequence beginning with Obsidian (2011), where the default immersion of her stories in teenage romance is heightened through the fact that some of those involved are Mutants with Superpowers, in an increasingly Dystopian world increasingly riven by factions. [JC]

Rhys, Jack

Pseudonym of David Michael Heptonstall (1943-    ), UK author of two sf novels for Robert Hale Limited, The Eternity Merchants (1981), a Space Opera, and The Five Doors (early version as by Michael Stall in New Writings in SF 23, anth 1973, ed Kenneth Bulmer; exp 1981), whose "doors" (the first of which appears on Earth) are a succession of Stargates to other planets. The Michael Stall pseudonym is obviously derived from the author's real name. [JC] see also: Matter ...


Film (1957). Regal/Twentieth Century Fox. Produced and directed by Kurt Neumann. Written by Laurence Louis Goldman, from a story by Irving Block. Cast includes John Emery, Barbara Lawrence and Jeff Morrow. 78 minutes. Black and white. / A scientist is possessed by an alien lifeform of pure energy. Shortly afterwards (the incidents are connected) an "asteroid" (actually a flying saucer) deposits a huge mechanical creature on a Mexico beach. When activated, it moves across the countryside, ...

Mitchell, David

(1969-    ) UK author, in Japan 1994-2000, whose work exhibits a thrusting and muscular (but finely tempered) Equipoise among the genres of Fantastika. His first novel, Ghostwritten: A Novel in Nine Parts (1999), which it would be reductionist to describe as a collection of linked stories, is all the same presented as a set of stories, each of which inhabits a different genre, from chthonic reminiscences of a preternaturally ancient Chinese woman to the Technothriller, from ...

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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