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McCutcheon, George Barr

(1866-1928) US author whose Graustark sequence of tales set in a Balkan Ruritania – beginning with Graustark: The Story of a Love Behind a Throne (1901) and ending with The Inn of the Hawk and Raven: A Tale of Old Graustark (1927) – erects an edifice of nostalgia and modestly defiant enclosedness almost as powerful as that created in the actual Ruritanian novels of Anthony Hope. But the inturned refusal of history of Hope's primal version is not sustained here. Though Graustark is ...

Brizzolara, John

(1950-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Opposite House" for Weird Tales in Fall 1981 with Diane Brizzolara; over the next several years he published fairly frequently in the magazines, and released one sf novel, Empire's Horizon (1989), a Space Opera whose protagonists, on a rebel planet, challenge the Terran Empire (see Galactic Empires). [JC]

Smith, W T F

(?   -?   ) US medical doctor, journalist and author of the lightly fictionalized The Trust Trusted (1906), apparently written as early as 1904, in which a new American president helps transform his land into a Utopia with common ownership of capital. [JC]

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Film (2010). Universal Pictures presents a Marc Platt, Big Talk Films and Closed on Mondays production. Directed by Edgar Wright. Written by Michael Bacall and Edgar Wright, based on the Scott Pilgrim series of Graphic Novels (2004-2010) by Bryan Lee O'Malley. Cast includes Satya Bhabha, Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin, Chris Evans, Anna Kendrick, Brie Larson, Alison Pill, Aubrey Plaza, Brandon Routh, Keita Saito, Shota Saito, Jason Schwartzman, Mae Whitman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Ellen Wong. ...


UK self-styled "post-rock" band, comprising Kieran Hebden (1980-    ) and Adem. Their work is mostly instrumental, an attractive melodic delicacy set against puffing, chittering beats, and demonstrates a persistent fascination with science fiction, not only in song-titles – "Robots in Disguise" on Ceefax (1997); "Ark", "Yttrium" and "Aphelion" on Eph (1999) but also in a fondness for samples of sf film sound effects and other aural ephemera. The Sun (2007) – ...

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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