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Bailey, Paul

(1906-1987) US osteopath, publisher, editor and author of novels and nonfiction set in the American West, often on Mormon themes, though his relationship with the authorities governing that religion cooled after he wrote For Time and All Eternity (1964) about the ticklish issue of polygamy; his sf novel, Deliver Me from Eva (1946), deals with the complications ensuing from the hero's osteopath father-in-law's capacity (though legless he is very powerful) to increase Intelligence artificially ...

Planet Terror

Film (2007). Dimension Films presents a Rodriguez International Pictures release in association with Troublemaker Studios and The Weinstein Company. Directed by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino (uncredited). Written by Robert Rodriguez. Cast includes Naveen Andrews, Electra Avellan, Elise Avellan, Josh Brolin, Jeff Fahey, Rose McGowan, Michael Parks, Freddy Rodriguez, Marley Shelton and Bruce Willis. 103 minutes. Colour. / First conceived by writer-director Rodriguez during the ...

Leather Goddesses of Phobos

Videogame (1986). Infocom. Designed by Steve Meretzky. Platforms: Amiga, Amstrad, AppleII, Atari8, AtariST, C64, DOS, Mac. / Leather Goddesses of Phobos is a puzzle-based text Adventure game set in 1936. The eponymous alien women intend to invade Earth and turn it into their private pleasure world; as the adventure begins the player (having chosen a male or female character) is kidnapped to serve as their experimental subject. For reasons that are not entirely clear, the player character is ...

Wang Xiaoda

(1939-    ) Chinese author and professor. Born to a relatively well-off family in China's troubled period of Japanese invasion and civil war, Wang graduated in mechanical engineering and worked in an auto parts manufacturing plant throughout the 1960s and 1970s. During the Cultural Revolution, he was briefly a group leader of a faction in Sichuan called the "Industrial Army", and became involved in an infamous war of words and ideologies between rival factories in Chengdu. ...

Lawrence, Margery

(1889-1969) UK author almost all of whose work was fantasy, with a concentration on ghost stories and tales of the occult [for Ghost Stories, Margery Lawrence, Occult Detectives and Occult Fantasy see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. The Club of the Round Table sequence comprises various tales told within a Club Story frame; in the Miles Pennoyer sequence, Pennoyer solves various cases, usually involving the occult. Of sf interest is The Tomorrow of Yesterday (1969), which is ...

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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