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Enright, D J

(1920-2002) UK poet, academic, critic and author; he was given an OBE in 1991. Most of his work has no fantastic content, though Heaven Knows Where (1957) Satirizes with a fairly soft brush the attempts of some British academics to construct a Utopia in an Island venue. Of more direct interest is the Atlantis series of Young Adult novels – The Joke Shop (1976), Wild Ghost Chase (1978) and Beyond Land's End (1979) – whose last volume focuses on the discovery of Atlantis Under the Sea ...

Bierce, Ambrose

(1842-circa 1914) US journalist, poet and author of short stories and Satires, deeply affected by his four years in the American Civil War (he enlisted as a private in 1861, was breveted major for bravery, and was wounded twice). Like Bret Harte and Mark Twain, (who settled in London, as for shorter periods did Joaquin Miller and Twain), he soon went abroad, spending 1872-circa 1875 in the UK, publishing three volumes of sketches there as by Dod Grile, most notably The Fiend's Delight (coll ...

Henneberg, Nathalie

(1907-1978) Russian-born French author who collaborated in some sf and fantasy with her husband, Charles Henneberg, their joint works sometimes being published under his name alone, and who became well known in her own right after his death in 1959, revising older works and publishing several novels solo, sometimes as N C Henneberg, sometimes as Nathalie-Charles Henneberg, but also as Nathalie Henneberg. Les Dieux Verts (1961; trans C J Cherryh as The Green Gods 1974; French ed rev 1975; exp as ...

Island Claws

Film (1980; vt Giant Claws). Produced by Ted Swanson. Directed by Hernan Cardenas. Written by Jack Cowden and Ricou Browning from a story by Hernan Cardenas and Colby Cardenas. Cast includes Dick Callinan, Steve Hanks, Robert Lansing, Jo McDonnell and Barry Nelson. 90 minutes, cut to 82 minutes. Colour. / Reporter Jan Raines (McDonnell) visit a small Island off the Florida coast to report on Dr McNeal (Nelson), who is working to improve crabs as a food source. Her father Frank (Callinan) ...

Dix, Shane

(1960-    ) Welsh-born author in Australia who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Moment" in Thyme Fiction 4 (anth 1990) edited by Peter McNamara, but who has been in Australia for most of his life, where he has written novels exclusively to date in collaboration with Sean Williams, beginning with the first volume of the apparently aborted Cogal sequence, The Unknown Soldier (1995) with Sean Williams, and then concentrating on four further series: the ...

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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