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Hassaurek, F

(1832-1885) Austrian-born newspaper owner and author in the USA, fleeing there after the revolutions of 1848; he sometimes gave his given name as Frederick. He was the United States minister to Ecuador 1861-1865, an experience which may have inspired his unremarkable Lost Race novel, The Secret of the Andes: A Romance (1879), which focuses on a hidden band of Incas in their mountain redoubt. [JC]

Hangar 18

Film (1980). Sunn Classic Pictures. Directed by James L Conway. Written by Tom Chapman, James L Conway, Stephen Lord (uncredited) and David O'Malley (uncredited) and Ken Pettus (as Steven Thornley). Cast includes Gary Collins, James Hampton, Darren McGavin and Robert Vaughn. 97 minutes. Colour. / After receiving congratulations from the President on their Space Flight mission, a space shuttle's crew members launch a satellite ... right into a passing flying saucer (see UFOs). The saucer ...

Le Clézio, J M G

(1940-    ) French author, born to Mauritian parents, and peripatetic for many years, his countries of residence including Nigeria, the UK and the USA; now primarily resident in France, America and Mauritius. Although he is known primarily for his work outside the sf field, much of his early work makes extensive use – though in an Absurdist and/or nouvelle roman mode – of sf tropes and topoi, beginning with Le procès-verbal (1963; trans Daphne Woodward as ...

Daniels, Karen

(1957-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Life-Giver" for Keen SF in 1997 as by Karen M Daniels, and whose Zaddack Tales sequence – comprising Dancing Suns (2000), Mentor's Lair (2001) and Mindspark (2002) – joins a human female, possibly the sole survivor of her race in this Far Future venue, with an Alien known as the zaddack, which or who has bonded with her from birth and shares Psi Powers with her. In the zaddack's company, she ...

Cousin de Grainville, Jean-Baptiste

(1746-1805) French priest and author, much influenced by M Volney's Les Ruines: ou méditations sur les révolutions des empires ["Ruins: or, Meditations on the Revolutions of Empires"] (1791 chap) a telling nonfictional reflection on the nature of Ruins and Futurity, written at a time when the past and the future were beginning to seem to recede further and further from the present while simultaneously reflecting one another more and more intimately. This opening of the eyes 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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