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Bryce, Lloyd

(1851-1917) US politician, editor and author of a Future War Parody, A Dream of Conquest (June 1889 Lippincott's Monthly Magazine; 1890), which features a moderately spoofed Yellow Peril Invasion of Key West, which is virtually unmanned, and eventually New York, destroying the city. The it-was-all-a-dream conclusion of the tale may not have been intended literally. [JC]

Elze, Winifred

(?   -    ) US author of two novels which apply horror tonalities – though nothing like the fixation on the unveiling of the previously given typical of genuine horror – to sf material: in The Changeling (1995), what might be called an Ecological revolt against humanity rises amongst the flora of the planet; and in Here, Kitty, Kitty (1996), a suburban Polder [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] is threatened when creatures from the ...

Sleeper Awakes

As the nineteenth century progressed and the planet became more and more thoroughly explored, authors of Utopias and Dystopias began to abandon present-day Lost Worlds and Islands as venues for their ideal societies, and instead to locate their speculations in the future, perhaps hundreds of years hence. Almost always these speculations were framed by prologues (and sometimes epilogues) set at the time the novel was written; this frame served to introduce the protagonist who was to travel into ...

Simpson, Robert

(?   -    ) US author whose fiction has solely been written as Ties to the Star Trek universe, beginning with "Allegro Ouroboros in D Minor" in The Lives of Dax (anth 1999) edited by Marco Palmieri, and including Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Mission Gamma: Lesser Evil (2002). [JC]

Superman Returns

Film (2006). Warner Bros. Pictures. Directed by Bryan Singer. Written by Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris. Cast includes Kate Bosworth, James Marsden, Brandon Routh and Kevin Spacey. 154 minutes. Colour. / Superman's return to cinema largely ignores developments in the comics; instead Superman Returns reverently emulates the original Superman (1978). Set after Superman II (1980), Superman Returns begins with the return of the hero (Routh) to Earth after a five year absence, during which Lois ...

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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