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Gayar, Henri

(?   -?1937) French author who has not yet been identified; the date of death here given is speculative, and Henri Gayar may be a pseudonym. Under various insignificantly varied forms of this name, the author was active from around 1899 to 1937; he also wrote as by Cyrius. Aventures merveilleuses de Serge Myrandhal sur la planète Mars (1908) and its direct continuation Aventures merveilleuses de Serge Myrandhal: Les Robinsons de la planète Mars ...

Palahniuk, Chuck

Working name of Charles Michael Palahniuk (1962-    ), US author of transgressive fiction and Satire, some of whose works apply genre devices disruptive to the mundane modern world in which they are ostensibly set (see Equipoise). A graduate from the University of Oregon School of Journalism, Palahniuk found success with Fight Club: A Novel (1996), one of several works lampooning ...

Stevenson, Burton

(1872-1962) US journalist, librarian, anthologist and author, some of whose work is of some interest, including The Gloved Hand (1913), whose supernatural elements are revealed to be stage machinery, and A King in Babylon (1917), a Lost Race tale. Of more direct sf interest is The Destroyer: A Tale of International Intrigue (1913), in which a French battleship is mysteriously destroyed through the ...

Mason, Grace Sartwell

(1876-1966) US author, actively prolific as a short story writer for many years; of her novels, The Bear's Claws (1913) with John Northern Hilliard is of sf interest as a Lost World tale set in Persia, where an ancient City is discovered; the otherness of this city is muted by its discoverers' calling it Persepolis, a genuine ancient city whose location has been known for ...

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Film (1994). American Zoetrope/TriStar Pictures/Japan Satellite Broadcasting, Inc/The IndieProd Company. Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Producers include Francis Ford Coppola; coproduced by Branagh and David Parfitt. Written by Seph Lady, Frank Darabont, based on Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus (1818; rev 1831) by Mary Shelley. Cast includes Branagh, Richard Briers, Helena Bonham Carter, John Cleese, Robert Hardy, ...

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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