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Most Dangerous Game, The

Film (1932; vt Hounds of Zaroff). RKO Radio Pictures. Directed by Merian C Cooper, Ernest B Schoedsack. Written by James Ashmore Creelman, based on "The Most Dangerous Game" (19 January 1924 Collier's Weekly) by Richard Connell. Cast includes Robert Armstrong, Leslie Banks, Noble Johnson, Joel McCrea and Fay Wray. 61 minutes. Black and white. / A luxury yacht is lured onto rocks and sinks; the only survivor, big game hunter Bob Rainsford (McCrea), swims to a nearby verdant Island, which is ...

Rogers, Patrick F

(1929-    ) US author of War God (1990), a late Cold War Technothriller about a Soviet satellite containing advanced Technology – seemingly some sort of laser-powered Weapon – that has gone astray. [JC]

Patchin Review, The

US Amateur Magazine of science-fiction criticism and controversy, edited by Charles Platt from Patchin Place, New York (hence the title). Seven saddle-stitched Digest-sized issues, typically 56pp plus card covers, dated July 1981 to March 1985. / The Patchin Review was intended to address what its editor saw as worrying trends in 1980s sf publishing, in particular the growing ascendancy of pure commercialism over literary values. Many articles did indeed discuss such topics, but the ...

Teng Ye

(?   -    ) Chinese author, winner of numerous online writing competitions organized by the Douban site, whose English-language debut was "Yuzhou-pian Xiangyan" (in Scifi New Year Gala, anth 2017; trans by Yang Yuzhi as "Universal Cigarettes" in Dawning in the East, anth 2017), in which a rep from a Drugs company hits upon the idea of despoiling the Earth in order to create a perpetually smoking tower of tobacco. Beyond the discussion of the technology ...

Gilliam, Richard

(?   -    ) US author and editor who began to publish work of genre interest with "Caroline and Caleb" in Confederacy of the Dead (anth 1993), which he edited in collaboration with Martin H Greenberg and Edward E Kramer. Many further anthologies followed, mostly with Greenberg and often a third collaborator. Exceptions not involving Greenberg are Michael Moorcock's Elric: Tales of the White Wolf (anth 1994), comprising stories in homage to Michael Moorcock's ...

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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