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Thomas, Richard

(1967-    ) US author whose short fiction, which is mostly horror, has been assembled as Herniated Roots (coll 2012), Staring into the Abyss (coll 2013) and Tribulations (coll 2016). His first novel, Transubstantiate (2010), is a noirish thriller set in a Disaster-afflicted world – an experiment in controlling Overpopulation has catastrophically misfired, killing off most humans – though the protagonist may escape durance through a gestalt-like rapport (see Hive ...

Talbot, Hake

Pseudonym of US author Henning Cunningham Nelms (1900-1986) who as Henning Nelms wrote nonfiction works on theatrical design and stage magic; his Rim of the Pit (1944) is an impossible crime tale whose solution utilizes an sf premise. [JC]

Wallace, Irving

(1916-1990) US screenwriter and author, active from before World War Two with a series of bestselling novels beginning with The Chapman Report (1961). He is of sf interest for The Three Sirens (1963), a tale with Lost Race implications set in an unknown Polynesian Island whose inhabitants are descendants of an Englishman. His embrace of the mores of those he meets (see Sex) has extravagant consequences in the twentieth century, after a team of Anthropologists arrives. In The Man (1964), a Black ...

2001: A Space Odyssey

1. Film (1968). Produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. Written by Kubrick, Arthur C Clarke, based very loosely on Clarke's "The Sentinel" (Spring 1951 10 Story Fantasy as "Sentinel of Eternity"; vt in Expedition to Earth, coll 1953). Cast includes Keir Dullea, Leonard Rossiter, Gary Lockwood, Douglas Rain and William Sylvester. 141 minutes, cut from 160 minutes. Colour. Originally in Cinerama. / This was the most ambitious sf film of the 1960s and perhaps ever. Kubrick's unique ...

Shafer, Robert

(1920-    ) US academic and author of The Conquered Place (1954; vt The Naked and the Damned 1955), a Near Future tale in which the eastern half of America has suffered a Russian Invasion; a resistance movement soon develops in the west, and a Scientist with vital knowledge is rescued from St Louis. [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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