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Temporal Adventuress

A figure of late twentieth-century Fantastika, where she stands out against the male-dominated storylines that dominated adventure fiction in general, and tales of the fantastic in particular; more recently, women adventurers tend to appear without arousing special attention. The roots of the Adventuress can be traced back to the nineteenth century, where precursors can be detected in characters like H Rider Haggard's She, who travels through Time by means of Reincarnation/Immortality rather ...

Island of the Lost

Made-for-tv film (1967; vt Dangerous Island). Ivan Tors Productions for ABC-TV. Produced by Ivan Tors. Directed by John Florea. Written by Richard Carlson from an original story by Carlson and Tors. Cast includes Jose De Vega, Richard Greene, Luke Halpin, Robin Mattson and Sheila Welles. 92 minutes. Colour. / Anthropologist Josh MacRae (Greene) rashly takes his family – two daughters (Welles, Mattson) and a son (Halpin) – plus a couple of research assistants on an expedition to ...

Ringo, John

(1963-    ) US author almost exclusively known for his Military SF, though he has in fact written some other sf and fantasy. He began his career with the first of the Posleen sequence, A Hymn Before Battle (2000), in which a Near Future Earth is informed by representatives of something like a benevolent Galactic Empire that an inimical Alien civilization, the Posleen, is about to mount an Invasion, and that Earth's best recourse is to commit elite troops to the interstellar ...

Man Who Fell to Earth, The

Film (1976). British Lion/A Cinema V Release. Directed by Nicolas Roeg. Written by Paul Mayersberg, based on The Man Who Fell to Earth (1963) by Walter Tevis. Cast includes David Bowie, Candy Clark, Buck Henry and Rip Torn. 140 minutes; first US showing cut to 118 minutes. Colour. / In this UK film set in the USA, the clear-cut narrative of Tevis's evocative novel – about an Alien who comes to Earth to build a spacecraft large enough to transport his native race away from his own ...

Duvernois, Henri

Pseudonym of French screenwriter, playwright and author Henri-Simon Schwabacher (1875-1937), prolific in various genres. Of sf interest is L'Homme s'est retrouvé (1936; trans Brian Stableford as The Man Who Found Himself 2010), a very early example of interstellar travel, by realistically described Starship, in the French tradition of the Scientific Romance. The journey to Proxima Centauri at the speed of light terminates on a planet exactly like the Earth forty years prior (making the ...

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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