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Indick, Ben

(1923-2009) US fan, involved as a fan with American sf from before World War Two, and a member of First Fandom; he began publishing fiction of genre interest with "The Road to Dunwich" for Ibid in 1973, and remained moderately active as a short fiction writer for three decades. He is of sf interest as well for his nonfiction, which includes The Drama of Ray Bradbury (1977; rev vt Ray Bradbury: Dramatist 1989), and George Alec Effinger: From Entropy to Budayeen (1992); he was also a competent ...

Thomas, Lex

Joint pseudonym of US authors Lex Hrabe (?   -    ), who is also an actor, and Thomas Voorhies (?   -    ), who is also a painter, a profession that predates his writing work. Their Young Adult Quarantine sequence beginning with Quarantine: The Loners (2012) depicts – with considerable violence – existence in a high school after a virus, which kills adults but which teenagers can carry unscathed, necessitates a ...

Village, The

Film (2004). Touchstone Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company) presents a Blinding Edge Productions/Scott Rudin production. Written and directed by M Night Shyamalan. Cast includes Adrien Brody, Brendan Gleeson, Bryce Dallas Howard, William Hurt, Joaquin Phoenix and Sigourney Weaver. 103 minutes. Colour. / An enigmatic preindustrial community menaced by half-glimpsed Monsters haunting the surrounding woods is shocked by an attempted murder, prompting the victim's blind betrothed (Howard) to ...

Marcus, Robert B

(1947-    ) US author of Shadow on the Stars (1977), an unremarkable Space Opera. [JC]

Williams, Tess

(1954-    ) UK-born teacher, editor and author, in Australia for many years; she began publishing work of genre interest with "The Padwan Affair" in She's Fantastical (anth 1995) edited by Judith Raphael Buckrich and Lucy Sussex. Of sf interest are two novels: Map of Power (1996), set mostly in a Ruined-Earth Australia, where various strategies for survival – always in ignorance of the truth of things – are examined with some vigour; and Sea as Mirror (2000), a ...

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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