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Divya, S B

(?   -    ) Indian-born engineer, editor, anthologist and author, in America since the age of five, who has also worked as by Divya Breed; she began to publish work of genre interest with "Strange Attractors" in Daily Science Fiction for June 2014, assembling this tale with a wide range of other work, mostly set in high-tech Near Future worlds, as ...

Nakamura Tōru

(1960-    ) Japanese translator and editor, a graduate in Law from Chūō University, who drifted into sf Fandom while studying and during his subsequent employment at a printing firm. His first credited translation was The World Wreckers (1971; trans 1987) by Marion Zimmer Bradley, followed by novels from, among others, Stephen ...

Page, Thomas

(1942-    ) US author whose first novel was The Hephaestus Plague (1973), filmed as Bug (1975), a tale which starts strongly, with vivid descriptions of the effect of an irruption from Underground of a new species of beetle capable of emitting fire, but which weakens when it begins to deal with a Scientist who becomes overfascinated with these beetles, which seem to ...

Force Field

In sf Terminology – unlike Physics, where it has a different meaning – a force field (sometimes a force shield or energy screen) is usually an invisible protective sphere or wall of force. The term "force field" first seems to have been used in this sf sense in E E "Doc" Smith's Spacehounds of IPC (July-September 1931 Amazing; 1947). Throughout the ...

Mysterious Island

Film (1961). American Films/Columbia. Produced by Charles H Schneer. Directed by Cy Endfield. Written by John Prebble, Daniel Ullman and Crane Wilbur, based on L'île mystérieuse (1874-1875; trans W H G Kingston as The Mysterious Island 1875) by Jules Verne. Cast includes Michael Callan, Michael Craig, Joan Greenwood and Herbert Lom. 100 minutes. Colour. / This is a jovial ...

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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