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High Life

Film (2018). Wild Bunch and Andrew Lauren Productions presents in association with Alcatraz Films, Arte France Cinéma, BFI Film Fund, Canal+, Ciné+, Madants, Pandora Filmproduktion, Polski Instytut Sztuki Filmowej, The Apocalypse Films Company and Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen. Directed by Claire Denis. Written by Denis and Jean-Pol Fargeau with Geoff Cox and Andrew Litvack with additional material by Nick Laird and Zadie Smith. Cast includes Victor Banerjee, André Benjamin, ...

Smith, Guy N

(1939-2020) UK author and book dealer best known for his prolific output of horror novels, generally rough-hewn but with a Pulp-ish or B-movie vigour that gained him a considerable cult following. His novel debut was the Werewolf tale Werewolf by Moonlight (1974) as Guy Smith, with two sequels following. He first achieved real commercial success with Night of the Crabs (1976; exp 2009), introducing what was to become his trademark Horror in SF trope of giant man-eating crabs; in this and ...


Because Earth's inner neighbour presented a bright and featureless face to early astronomers, it became something of a mystery planet. Nineteenth-century astronomers and early-twentieth-century sf writers generally imagined that, as the featureless face was a permanent cloud layer, the surface beneath must be warm and wet; the Venus of the imagination became a planet of vast oceans (perhaps with no land at all) or sweltering jungles. In the 1960s, however, probes revealed that Venus has no ...

Vielle, E E

(1913-2015) UK aviator, Royal Air Force officer (1934-1957) and author, known in his military capacity as Tubby Vielle; he was instrumental in the development of improved navigation and bombing systems in World War Two; he also wrote as by Donald Gordon and as by Paul Stanton. Village of Stars (1960) writing with David Beaty as by Paul Stanton is a Near-Future nuclear-World War Three thriller. His novels with Ian Cameron as by Donald Gordon, beginning with Star-Raker (1962), have similar Cold ...

MacMillan, Armour

(1882-1939) UK author of a Timeslip tale, The Incredible Adventure (1928), uneasily Equipoisal in its depiction of the experiences of a modern banker who awakens in the Greece of 30 BCE able to speak the language; pretending he is from Atlantis, he creates considerable stir through his descriptions of various Inventions, including the motorcar. His Predictions of the fate of Alexander the Great, however, result in his exile. [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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