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Chosen Survivors

Film (1974). Alpine-Churubusco/Metromedia. Directed by Sutton Roley. Written by H B Cross, Joe Reb Moffly, based on a story by Cross. Cast includes Jackie Cooper, Alex Cord, Bradford Dillman and Richard Jaeckel. 99 minutes. Colour. / This US/Mexico coproduction is a small-scale, inventive little exploitation movie whose plot-line is purest Paranoia. In a government test on stress reactions, 11 people are hoaxed into believing that nuclear war is devastating the world. These "chosen ...

Waldo, Cedric Dane

Pseudonym of Greek-born author Cecil Drummond-Wolff (1864-1943), in the UK from infancy, brother of Adeline Kingscote (1860-1908), who wrote as by Lucas Cleeve, none of whose sixty novels seem to employ the fantastic. Waldo's The Ban of the Gubbe (1896) Equipoisally presents a folkloristic rendering of a race of fish-like beings who have for aeons co-inhabited Scotland with Homo sapiens, but in cod Evolutionary terms. The leader of the "Fiskmann", who is known as the Gubbe, may be Immortal, and ...

Howey, Hugh

(1975-    ) US author who has become very well known for his successful use of a self-publishing model to create a market for his fiction, though his first work – the Bern Saga sequence beginning with Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue (2009) – was released traditionally, fittingly as regards its deliberately traditional Young Adult content. A young female space cadet finds herself travelling the interstellar star ways with a growing cast of companions, ...

Loomis, Noel

(1905-1969) US author and editor, active in the magazine field for some time, publishing work under his own name and as Benjamin Miller, and a book as by Silas Water. Though his first novel, Murder Goes to Press (1937), was a thriller, he was most successful as an author of Westerns. In his first sf novel, City of Glass (July 1942 Startling; exp 1955), based on his first sf story, three men are time-warped into a desolate Far Future on Earth; "Iron Men" (Winter 1945 Startling) is a sequel. A ...

Richepin, Jean

(1849-1926) Algerian-born poet, playwright and author, in France from an early age, some of whose plays, like La Belle au bois dormant ["The Sleeping Beauty"] (performed 25 December 1907 Théâtre Sarah-Bernhardt, Paris; 1908 chap) with Henri Cain (1857-1937), were fantasy. Over the course of his career he published several fantasies of the grotesque and contes cruels (see Decadence) such as those assembled in his first book, Les Morts bizarres ["The Bizarre Deaths"] (coll 1876), and ...

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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