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Film (1983; vt The Winged Serpent; vt Q: The Winged Serpent). Larco. Produced and directed by Larry Cohen. Written by Cohen. Cast includes David Carradine, Candy Clark and Michael Moriarty. 92 minutes. Colour. / In this witty Monster Movie – which subverts our expectations about how both society and B-movies work in almost the same breath – "Q" represents on the one hand Quetzalcoatl, a giant winged serpent (thus sf) and Aztec god (thus not sf) that terrorizes New York, possibly ...

Molyneux, Peter

(1959-    ) UK Game designer and entrepreneur, honoured with an Order of the British Empire for "services to the computer game industry" and inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame, both in 2004, awarded the title of Chevalier by the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2007, and recipient of an honorary degree of Doctor of Science from the UK's Southampton University, also in 2007. Molyneux began designing Videogames with The Entrepreneur ...

Pratchett, Terry

(1948-2015) UK author who began publishing with "The Hades Business" in Science Fantasy in 1963, collected with other (mostly early) stories as A Blink of the Screen: Collected Shorter Fiction (coll 2012); other early work, which first appeared in the Bucks Free Press 1965-1973, was collected as Dragons at Crumbling Castle and Other Stories (coll 2014). For many years he was in full-time employment, as a journalist until 1980 – contributing many short stories to the Bucks Free Press ...

Young, Michael

(1915-2002) UK sociologist and author whose Family and Kinship in East London (1957), with Peter Willmott (1923-2000), had a seminal effect on community-planning priorities. His sf work, The Rise of the Meritocracy 1870-2033: An Essay on Education and Equality (1958), not only gave the word "meritocracy" to the language but extensively defined it: a meritocracy is an elite whose members are recruited on the basis of merit (largely Intelligence) in a competitive educational system; it is also, ...

Simon, Leonard

(?   -    ) US author, some of whose horror novels are of Horror in SF interest: in The Irving Solution (1977), New York is devastated by a Pandemic initially carried by rats but intensified by a Mad Scientist; in Reborn (1979) Immortality can only be achieved through the voluntary deaths of young people. [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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