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Gale, Oliver Marble

(1876-1943) US author of some sf interest for Carnack – The Life-Bringer: The Story of a Dawn Man Told by Himself (1928), an example of Prehistoric SF whose protagonist, a Prometheus figure, sometimes resembles Tarzan (see Edgar Rice Burroughs). In the end, his innovations are too much for the proto-humans who surround him, and he is driven into exile with his woman, in ...

Galactic Empires

In The Universe Makers (1971) Donald A Wollheim attempts to distil from the range of futuristic visions presented by magazine sf a basic pattern – a "cosmogony of the future" – in which stages three to five (there are eight in all) describe "the rise and fall of the Galactic Empire", which is thus enshrined as the central myth of Genre SF. ("Empire" is here used with a general, almost metaphorical ...

Justice League

US animated tv series (2001-2006; vt Justice League Unlimited). Warner Brothers Animation for the Cartoon Network. Produced by James Tucker, Rich Fogel, Dwayne McDuffie, Glen Murakami, Linda Steiner and Bruce W Timm. Directed by Dan Riba, Joaquim Dos Santos and Butch Lukic. Writers included Stan Berkowitz, Keith Damron, J M DeMatteis, Paul Dini, Fogel, Dave Gibbons, Bob Goodman, Joseph Kuhr, Alan Moore, Dennis ...

Timequest

Videogame (1991). Legend Entertainment. Designed by Robert Bates. Platforms: DOS. / TimeQuest is an illustrated text Adventure in which the player, adopting the role of an operative in a future organization of Time Police, must undo the alterations to history made by a rogue agent before they become irreversible. The basic structure of the game is modular (see ...

Melancholia

Film (2011). Zentropa Entertainments. Written and directed by Lars von Trier. Cast includes Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, John Hurt, Charlotte Rampling, Alexander Skarsgård, Stellan Skarsgård and Kiefer Sutherland. 136 minutes. Colour. / On a Swedish island estate, a depressive bride (Dunst) blows off her lavish wedding and awaits the End of the World with her sister (Gainsbourg) as the newly-discovered giant planet Melancholia ...

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 ...



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