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Carter, Angela

(1940-1992) UK author best known for her work outside the sf field, though all her novels and tales were characterized by an expressionist freedom of reference to everyday "reality" (see Magic Realism) which often emerges as fantasy. She won the John Llewelyn Rhys Memorial Prize for her second novel, The Magic Toyshop (1967), and the Somerset Maugham Award for Several Perceptions (1968). Her first tale to engage in a recognizably sf ...

Véry, Pierre

(1900-1960) French screenwriter, journalist and author active from the mid-1920s, under several names including Toussaint Judge; best known for his many crime novels. His sf novel, Le pays sans étoiles ["Land Without Stars"] (1945; trans Stuart Gilbert as In What Strange Land 1949), is a thriller built around the possibility that a woman intruder – mysteriously connected with a Perception-distorting wasteland at the heart ...

Richardson, David J

(?   -    ) US author of The Star Dwarves Travesty (1994; vt The Star Dwarves Trilogy 1997), a Parody of the first three volumes (by real world chronology) of George Lucas's Star Wars film sequence, focusing more on puns and intermittent attempts at narrative hoopla. Sf spoofs based on funny name changes – Luke Skywalker ...

Raabe, H E

(1858-?   ) US ship captain and author, who in his former role as captain was advised by a crew member (Jack London) to take up writing; his Krakatoa, Hand of the Gods (1930), hints of the involvement of a Lost Race in the apocalyptic volcanic eruption of Krakatoa in 1888. Raabe had himself traded in the South Seas. [JC]


Film (2003). Castle Rock Entertainment presents a Kasdan Pictures production in association with Village Roadshow Pictures and NPV Entertainment. Directed by Lawrence Kasdan. Written by William Goldman and Lawrence Kasdan, based on the novel Dreamcatcher (2001) by Stephen King. Cast includes Giacomo Baessato, Rosemary Dunsmore, Morgan Freeman, Mikey Holekamp, Thomas Jane, Eric Keenleyside, Jason Lee, Damian Lewis, Timothy Olyphant, Joel ...

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 ...

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