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Supernatural Creatures

This entry provides an overview of the treatment of supernatural beings in sf, some of the more important, interesting or simply popular subsets of such entities also being given separate entries: Gods and Demons, Golem, Poltergeists, Shapeshifters, Vampires, Werewolves and Zombies. / Just as it is common in sf to give empirical explanations of ancient myths and stories of the gods (see Gods and Demons; Mythology; Shaggy God Story) and to seek a rationale for Magic, so too, when sf deals ...

Hirschfeld, Burt

(1923-2004) US author, notably of some crime novels set in Florida; Gas!; Or, It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It (1970) novelizes the Roger Corman film Gas-s-s-s, Or It Became Necessary to Destroy the World ... (1970). [JC]

It Lives Again

Film (1978; vt It's Alive II). Larco/Warner Bros. Produced and directed by Larry Cohen. Written by Cohen. Cast includes Frederic Forrest, Kathleen Lloyd, John Marley and John P Ryan. 91 minutes. Colour. / This sequel to It's Alive (1974) has the Mutant child's father from the previous film warning another young couple that the pregnant wife may also produce a mutant baby and that the government is systematically terminating all such pregnancies, even though he has learned that the Monsters ...

Barlow, Joel

(1754-1812) US diplomat and author, mostly abroad, in France and the UK and elsewhere, from 1788. He is of sf interest for his book-length patriotic poem (see Poetry), The Vision of Columbus (1787; exp vt The Columbiad 1807), the first version of this narrative being a Christian, conservative, nationalistic attempt to create an American Myth of Origin [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. Between the publication of the two versions, Barlow became a supporter of the government ...

Ames, Joseph Bushnell

(1878-1928) US author, mostly of Westerns, of sf interest for his last novel, The Bladed Barrier (1929), a Lost Race/Lost World tale set behind the eponymous barrier in a hidden valley in Baja California (see California), where two young prospectors come across an ancient Chinese civilization, its evil ruler (see Yellow Peril), and an unwilling priestess who turns out to be a white girl willing to be rescued. Other Westerns with lost race elements, sometimes minor, are listed below. [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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