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Dawn of the Dead

Film (1978; vt Zombie Italy; vt Zombies UK). Laurel. Directed by George Romero. Written by Romero, with Dario Argento (who also cowrote the music) as script consultant. Cast includes David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H Reininger and Gaylen Ross. 127 minutes, cut to 125 minutes. Colour. / The first of three sequels to Night of the Living Dead (1968) – the others are Day of the Dead (1985) and Land of the Dead (2005) – this was (unusually) premiered in Italy, under the title Zombie. ...

Mitchell, J A

(1845-1918) US editor – he founded Life magazine in 1883, editing it until his death – and author in various genres. The Romance of the Moon (1886 chap) is a fantasy for children; Mitchell's sf proper begins with The Last American: A Fragment from the Journal of Khan-Li, Prince of Dimph-Yoo-Chur and Admiral in the Persian Navy (1889 chap; exp 1902), a somewhat spoofish Satire in which a thirtieth-century Persian expedition visits a depopulated Nh-Yok (ie New York) described in ...

Eliott, E C

Best-known pseudonym of the prolific UK author Reginald Alec Martin (1908-1971), whose output consisted chiefly of stories for children and whose further pseudonyms include Tex Bancroft, Rafe Bernard (whom see for details, a byline used for adult sf), Brett Cameron, Frank Denver, Rex Dixon, Simon Latter, Hank McCoy, Nicholas Marrat, Robert Martin, Scott Martin, Burt Merrill and Buck Savage. / As Eliott he wrote the Kemlo sequence of Children's SF novels – beginning with Kemlo and the ...

Froese, Edgar

German musician (1944-2015), most famous as part of Tangerine Dream. Froese released a number of solo albums, all instrumental electronica, although most with a distinctive science-fictional feel to them. Epsilon in Malaysian Pale (1975) creates aural landscapes, possibly otherworldly, out of mellotron tones, pulsings, whirrings, dronings and other electronic noises. Many subsequent albums (for instance the four-volume Ambient Highway series [all 2003]) specify mundane locations in the titles ...

Prix du Danger, Le

Film (1983; vt The Prize of Peril). Swanie/TFI/UGC-Top 1/Avala. Directed by Yves Boisset. Written by Boisset, Jan Curtelin, based on "The Prize of Peril" (May 1958 F&SF) by Robert Sheckley. Cast includes Gérard Lanvin, Michel Piccoli and Marie-France Pisier. 98 minutes, cut to 88 minutes in English-dubbed version. Colour. / In this French/Yugoslav coproduction, a man volunteers for the television game show "The Prize of Peril", in which anyone who can escape being murdered in the ...

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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