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Freireich, Valerie J

(1952-    ) US business transactional attorney and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Ballgame" for Starshore in 1991. Her four novels to date – Becoming Human (1995), Testament (1995), The Beacon (1996) and The Imposter [sic] (1997) – are loosely connected within a broad Space Opera galactic civilization whose dominant union, the Harmony of Worlds, is, interestingly, heavily structured at the macro level – rather like a "hard state" ...

Day the Earth Caught Fire, The

Film (1961). British Lion/Pax/Universal. Produced and directed by Val Guest. Cast includes Arthur Christiansen, Edward Judd, Leo McKern and Janet Munro. Written by Wolf Mankowitz, Guest. 99 minutes, cut to 90 minutes (US). Black and white. / Val Guest, who had made The Quatermass Xperiment (1956) and other sf/horror films for Hammer in the 1950s, excelled himself with this intelligent Disaster movie. After a framing scene, in which reporter Peter Stenning (Judd) walks through the deserted ...

Appel, John

(circa 1963-    ) US specialist in information security issues, now primarily an author whose first novel, Assassin's Orbit (2021), set in a moderately complex Space Opera universe. The planet Ilera is close to choosing union with a larger confederation known as the Commonwealth. The Politics of such a move are subject to coercive schemes; the protagonist, a private investigator, becomes deeply involved. The action is strenuous. [JC]

Carney, Otis

(1922-2006) US author and screenwriter whose Good Friday – 1963: A Journey into the Heart of One Man – and into the Soul of America (1961; vt Good Friday – 196? 1964) fits into a religious frame (see Religion) a musing narrative about an America in danger of losing its heart and its soul. [JC]

Stasis Field

A variation on the traditional sf Force Field which provides an advanced form of Suspended Animation, first introduced in Robert A Heinlein's Beyond This Horizon (April-May 1942 Astounding as by Anson MacDonald; 1948). Time does not pass within such a field and its living contents will emerge, when the field ceases to operate, without any perception of duration. In the comic Utopia of Robert Sheckley's "A Ticket to Tranai" (October 1955 Galaxy), wives are placed in stasis when not required ...

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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