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Hargrave, John

(1894-1982) UK illustrator, youth leader and author who at the age of seventeen became the chief cartoonist for the London Evening News, having already begun a career as illustrator with a 1909 edition of Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726; rev 1735); he later illustrated Black Tales for White Children (coll 1914) by C H Stigland. His work was all in black-and-white, with effects that ran from the forceful to the jagged. He became involved in the Boy Scout movement before serving for two ...

Never Let Me Go

Film (2010). DNA Films and Film 4 present a Fox Searchlight Pictures production. Directed by Mark Romanek. Written by Alex Garland, based on Never Let Me Go (2005) by Kazuo Ishiguro. Cast includes Andrew Garfield, Sally Hawkins, Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Charlotte Rampling. 103 minutes. Colour. / In an Alternate World England where Medical breakthroughs in the early 1950s have led to prolonged life expectancy (see Immortality) through a shadow population of Clones purpose-bred for ...

Yellow Magazine, The

UK fortnightly general fiction magazine published by Amalgamated Press, London; 130 issues, 23 September 1921 to 17 September 1926, appeared alternate Fridays with The Red Magazine, both edited by John Stock. The magazine was very similar to The Red, though if anything was more light-hearted. For the five years it existed it seemed to siphon away from The Red much of its mystery fiction and science fiction. Many of the same contributors appeared: R Coutts Armour, writing mostly as Coutts ...

Osborn, E Margaret

(1902-2006) UK-born poet, playwright and author, in Canada from 1921; her sf novel, Short Visit to Ergon (1971), is a moderately conventional Utopia set on the planet Ergon, where life is good. [JC]

Shinjō Kazuma

(?   -    ) Japanese author whose early success came in 1991 with a Tie to a Play-by-Mail game: Hōrai Gakuen ["Penglai Academy"] set at a huge, 100,000-strong school of duellists and schemers, itself on an offshore island that takes its name from that of the "isles of the immortals" in Chinese legend. His subsequent work has largely remained in the multiple chapbook format known as Light Novels in Japan (see also Motoko Arai; Yuichi Sasamoto), a genre in ...

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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