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Airship Destroyer, The

Film (1909; vt The Aerial Torpedo, 1915). Charles Urban Trading Company. Directed and written by Walter R Booth. The attribution of the story to Jules Verne is false. Cast not given. 11 minutes. Black and white. / The Airship Destroyer, which merits notice as one of the first sf films, translates with some efficiency into visual terms the popular Future War Invasion story in which England is threatened from abroad. The film is signboarded into three parts. Preparation: somewhere in the ...

Yasugi Masayoshi

(1972-2021) Japanese author whose work was suffused with a gentle melancholy and a concentration on damaged people – a group of which he may have tragically considered himself to be a member. Graduating from the Law and Economics Department of Kyūshū International University, he worked part-time in publishing while writing the early fictions that made his name. He was also the editor of SF Prologue Wave, an online magazine run by volunteer members of the Science Fiction and ...

Frey, Dan

(?   -    ) US screenwriter and author whose first print novel, The Future Is Yours (2021), is a Technothriller; its young protagonists, having invented a Prediction Machine capable of describing events one year into the future, find their start-up (not unpredictably) going out of control. [JC]

Wright, John C

(1961-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Not Born a Man" in Aberrations for Christmas 1994, and whose novels, most of them comprising series, vigorously attest the value of modern Space Opera as a format or arena capable of representing complex philosophical and (perhaps less rewardingly to a general audience) Religious arguments, ranging from Politics to Evolution to Eschatology. His use of the form is baroquely and intriguingly opportunistic, ...

Bloomer, J M

(?1844-1923) US newspaper editor author of D'Mars' Affinity: Romance of Love's Final Test in Time and Tide (1903), a Lost Race tale involving Reincarnation. [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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