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Edwards, Peter

(1946-    ) UK author and civil servant whose sf novel, Terminus (1976), rather ponderously sets in motion a political conflict in a twenty-second-century, Post-Holocaust Eurafrica which a sado-masochist secret society is attempting to dominate. The hero's discovery of an ancient city on Mars confuses the issue. / This author should not by confused with the Peter Edwards who illustrates children's ...

Charyn, Jerome

(1937-    ) US author who was born and educated in New York, which city he gradually transformed in his fiction into a Magic-Realist venue whose mythopoeic resonances and exorbitant happenings hover (see Equipoise) at the edge of generic displacements (and beyond), and strongly prefigure the fabulated New York of writers like John Crowley, Mark ...

Smith Spark, Anna

(?   -    ) UK author known mainly for her grimdark fantasy [for Dark Fantasy here and Hidden Monarch below see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], who has also written as Anna Smith-Spark; she began to publish work of genre interest with "A Moment in the Conquest of the World" in BFS Horizons for August 2017. Her first series, the Empires of Dust sequence beginning with ...

Paternoster, G Sidney

(1866-1925) UK author whose Motor Pirate sequence, comprising The Motor Pirate (fixup 1903) and The Cruise of the Conquistador: Being the Further Adventures of the Motor Pirate (fixup 1905), features the exploits of the eponymous masked highwayman (and later pirate), making use of a car of an advanced Technology, and later – in episodes internally identified as being set in the Near Future ...

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Film (1987). Amblin/Universal. Executive Producer Steven Spielberg. Director Matthew Robbins. Written by Brad Bird, Robbins, Brent Maddock, S S Wilson, based on a story by Mick Garris. Cast includes Michael Carmine, Hume Cronyn, Frank McCrae, Elizabeth Pena and Jessica Tandy. 106 minutes. Colour. / Originally intended as an episode of the television series Amazing Stories, this film betrays its small-screen ...

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 ...

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