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Reid, Iain

(1981-    ) Canadian author whose novels to date, beginning with I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2016) are horror, though Fog (2018) strongly evokes Horror in SF through its frame narrative: in the Near Future, a married couple is subjected to increasingly horrific seemingly chthonic emanations after the husband is informed that he may become an astronaut in a mysterious programme, but that his wife will not be left alone. There is a sense that the future will be more than ...

Incredible Petrified World, The

Film (1957). GBM Productions/Governor Productions. Produced and directed by Jerry Warren. Written by John W Steiner. Underwater photography by Mel Fisher. Cast includes Maurice Bernard, John Carradine, Robert Clarke, Phyllis Coates, Sheila Noonan and Allen Windsor. 70 minutes, cut to 64 minutes for home video release. / Professor Millard Wyman (Carradine) has developed an experimental diving bell capable of reaching greater depths Under the Sea than any yet reached by humanity. A ...

Callenbach, Ernest

(1929-2012) US environmentalist, film critic and author whose own Banyan Tree Books published his first novel, Ecotopia: The Notebooks and Reports of William Weston (1974 American Review #19 as "First Days in Ecotopia"; exp 1975), after it had been refused by several professional houses; it was reported in the mid-1980s to have sold more than 300,000 copies, which should come as no surprise given the reasoned seductiveness of the Utopia premised in its pages. As of 1999, Washington, Oregon and ...

Malato, Charles

(1857-1938) French anarchist, journalist and author, deported at age seventeen to New Caledonia with his father, the latter having been involved in the 1871 Paris Commune. Malato himself, back in France from 1881, espoused in Philosophie de l'anarche ["The Philosophy of Anarchy"] (1897) and agitated for a form of libertarian communism. The transgressive implications of his Lost World novel Perdu au Maroc ["Lost in Morocco"] (1915) clearly reflect his sense of the malign and oppressive ...

DeVito, Joe

(1957-    ) US artist and sculptor, sometimes as Joseph DeVito, who graduated from the Parsons School of Design in 1981, studied further at the New York Art Students League, and takes a special interest in palaeontological subjects. He has produced many genre book and magazine covers since 1984, including Dinosaur images for the vt of David A Drake's Time Safari (coll of linked stories 1982; exp vt Tyrannosaur 1994) and – in skeletal form – for Michael Swanwick's ...

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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