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Kerr, Frank R

(?   -    ) Australian author of an only partially fictionalized Utopia, Days After Tomorrow: A Voice from 2000 AD (1944 chap), telling of a time when something like a World State benignly presides. [JC]


Film (1955). Holiday Film Productions. Directed by Michael Anderson. Written by William P Templeton, Ralph Bettinson, based on Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) by George Orwell. Cast includes Edmond O'Brien, Donald Pleasence, Michael Redgrave and Jan Sterling. 91 minutes. Black and white. / After the success of a 1954 BBC TV production of Nineteen Eighty-Four, scripted by Nigel Kneale and starring Peter Cushing (the second – live – performance won the biggest UK television audience ...

Werner, C L

(?   -    ) UK author who has published some horror fiction but has concentrated almost exclusively on Ties to the Warhammer Wargame universe (one title as by Bruno Lee) and to the related Warhammer 40,000 sequence, his contributions to the latter world being restricted to Warhammer 40,000: Siege of Castallax (2012) and Warhammer 40,000: Cult of the Warmason (2017). His professional gifts are here appropriately applied to the Medieval Futurism that governs ...


Made-for-tv film (1984). ABE Circle Films/Buena Vista Television for ABC-TV. Produced by Stuart Cohen. Directed by Paul Michael Glaser. Written by David Solomon from a story by Solomon and Guerdon Trueblood. Cast includes Tamara Dobson, Jack Scalia, Madeleine Stowe and Jennifer Warren. 95 minutes. Colour. / In a prologue set in ancient times, a society of female warriors (see Women in SF) forms an Amazon culture which exists quietly alongside male-dominated civilization. Flashforward to the ...

Cooper, Clare

(1935-    ) UK author – not to be confused with the US writer Brenda Cooper – almost exclusively of novels for Young Adult readers, beginning with David's Ghost (1980). Of her tales of genre interest, the Simon Jones sequence, beginning with The Black Horn (1981), is fantasy; Earthchange (1985) describes a Ruined Earth and the attempts of its young cast to build a new life; Ashar of Qarius (1988) pits its slightly saccharine child protagonists against an Alien on ...

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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