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Ball, Margaret

(1947-    ) US academic and author who began to publish work of genre interest with The Shadow Gate (1991) and Flameweaver (1991), both fantasy novels, the latter opening the two-book Flameweaver sequence. She began to collaborate with Anne McCaffrey [whom see for details] with PartnerShip (1992), the second volume of McCaffrey's Brainship series. Further collaborations with McCaffrey comprise the first two volumes of the Acorna Science Fantasy sequence beginning with ...

Moulder, Victor

(1867-1949) US author of a Lost Race novel, Ophiris; Or, the Ophir of Solomon: A Story of Adventure & Love in the Land of the Incas (1902), set as its subtitle implies in the mountains of Brazil and Peru, where a civilization descended from the Incan empire is discovered; the tale interjects some occult Solomonic material. [JC]

About Time

UK film (2013). Universal Pictures. Written and directed by Richard Curtis. Cast includes Lindsay Duncan, Domhnall Gleeson, Tom Hollander, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy and Margot Robbie. 123 minutes. Color. / Shortly after his twenty-first birthday, Tim (Gleeson) is told by his father (Nighy) that the men in their family have the ability to Time Travel within the limits of their own past. Tim uses this knowledge to win the affections of Mary (McAdams), and to fine-tune many of the aspects of ...


US animated tv series (1995-1997; vt Steven Spielberg Presents Freakazoid!). Amblin Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation. Created by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini. Developed by Tom Ruegger. Executive producer Steven Spielberg. Directors include Rich Arons, Ronaldo Carmen, Jack Heiter, Scott Jeralds, Eric Radomski and Peter Shin. Writers include Paul Dini, John McCann, Tom Ruegger and Paul Rugg. Voice cast includes Jeff Bennett, David Kaufman, Tress MacNeille, Paul Rugg and David Warner. 24 ...

Joshi, Ruchir

(1960-    ) Indian journalist and author whose first novel, The Last Jet-Engine Laugh (2001), is set in Near Future Calcutta, around 2020/2030, but whose narrative shuttlecocks through various eras as the protagonist reflects upon his and his country's almost unendurably complex history from 1970 to the moment he sits down to reflect, sometime after cities like Bombay and Karachi have been destroyed by nuclear bombs as the troubles continue. His memories/reconstruction of ...

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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