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Weird and Occult Library

UK pocketbook magazine, three numbered, undated issues 1960; published by G G Swan, London; no editor named, but was Gerald Swan (1902-1981). Weird and Occult contained a mixture of weird, sf and mystery stories, most of which had been gathering dust in Swan's drawer since World War Two. Unlike its companion, Science Fiction Library, the fiction was mostly by British writers including A M Burrage and John Russell Fearn. Like its companion it was in such small print that it was difficult to ...

Smith, Cordwainer

The most famous pseudonym of Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger (1913-1966), US author, political scientist, academic, military adviser in Korea and Malaya (though not Vietnam). A polyglot, he spent much of his early life before 1931 in Europe, Japan and China, his father, Paul Myron Wentworth Linebarger (1871-1939), being a peripatetic sinologist, author, and propagandist for Sun Yat-sen. His interest in China was profound – he had studied there, and edited his father's The Gospel of Chung ...

Sender, The

Film (1982). Kingsmere Properties/Paramount. Directed by Roger Christian. Written by Thomas Baum. Cast includes Paul Freeman, Kathryn Harrold, Zeljko Ivanek and Shirley Knight. 91 minutes. Colour. / This modest melodrama, on the borderline between sf and Horror, tells of a hospitalized young man (Ivanek) whose Psi Powers of telepathic projection and Telekinesis cause major disruption. As in Videodrome of the same year, the dividing line between the real and the hallucinatory is invisible, ...

Bulgakov, Mikhail

(1891-1940) Soviet physician, playwright and author who served in World War One as a doctor, being wounded twice. His fame in the West has come only with the posthumous publication in translation of most of his fiction, including Belaya gvardiya (1925 Rossiya [chapters 1-13 only]; 1927-1929; trans Michael Glenny as The White Guard 1971) and Zapiski pokoynika (Teatrainy roman) ["A Dead Man's Memoir: A Theatrical Novel"] (written late 1930s; trans Michael Glenny as Black Snow 1967), neither of ...

Cabin in the Woods, The

Film (2012). Lionsgate presents a Mutant Enemy production in association with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and United Artists. Directed by Drew Goddard. Written by Goddard and Joss Whedon. Cast includes Amy Acker, Kristen Connolly, Tim DeZarn, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Richard Jenkins, Fran Kranz, Sigourney Weaver, Brian J White, Bradley Whitford and Jesse Williams. 95 minutes. Colour. / The Clichés of "slasher" Cinema are subjected to playful Postmodern critique in this Horror in SF ...

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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