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Janvier, Thomas A

(1849-1913) US journalist and author, whose Lost Worlds novel, The Aztec Treasure House: A Romance of Contemporaneous Antiquity (1890), didactically describes a surviving remnant of the Aztec empire. In The Women's Conquest of New York [for subtitle see Checklist] (dated 1953 but 1894 chap) as by A Member of the Committee of Safety of 1908, Tammany Hall misguidedly enfranchises females, who run amok in New York until physically restrained (the mayoress is in fact beaten) by their aroused ...

Mottley, Peter

(1935-2006) UK author, actor, playwright and advertising worker best known for the Shakespearean dramatic monologue After Agincourt (BBC Radio 3, 1988). His sf novel is The Sex Bar (1972), a farce which derives its comic impetus from the contraceptive/aphrodisiac (see Drugs) confectionery of the title. [DRL]

Finlay, C C

Working name of Charles Coleman Finlay (1964-    ), US author and editor who is married to Rae Carson; his first work of genre interest was "Footnotes" in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction for August 2001. This, like other early work including the fantasy novel The Prodigal Troll (2005), was published under his full name. His Traitor to the Crown trilogy opening with The Patriot Witch (2009) is an interesting fantasy/Alternate History reworking of the US War of ...

Rendal, Justine

(1948-2004) US author born Randy Goldfield who changed her name legally to Justine Olivia Rendal; in her Young Adult sf tale, A Very Personal Computer (2004), an adolescent in crisis is helped by his Computer, which contains a seemingly sentient program or AI called Conner, which guides him through his difficult times. [JC]

Iron Man 3

Film (2013). Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures and DMG Entertainment present a Marvel Studios production. Directed by Shane Black. Written by Black & Drew Pearce, based on the Lee/Kirby/Lieber/Heck comic. Cast includes Don Cheadle, Robert Downey Jr, Jon Favreau, Rebecca Hall, Ben Kingsley, Gwyneth Paltrow and Guy Pearce. 130 minutes. Colour, 3D (converted). / While suffering post-traumatic stress following the events of The Avengers (2012), Tony Stark is drawn into a ...

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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