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Ah Lai

(1959-    ) Poet, editor and author, who served from 1999 to 2006 as an editor of Kehuan Shijie ["SF World"], the best-selling genre magazine in the People's Republic of China. Born in the Ngawa and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Ah Lai is that rarest of Chinese authors: a member of China's Tibetan ethnic minority, a condition which shapes much of his work, including the much-garlanded Kong Shan ["Empty Mountain"] (2005-2009 3vols), which employed a slight veil of Magic ...

Dr Renault's Secret

Film (1942; vt Buried Alive). 20th Century Fox Films. Directed by Harry Lachman. Produced by Sol M Wurtzel. Written by William Bruckner and Robert F Meltzer based on Balaoo (9 October-18 December Le Matin; 1912; trans 1913) by Gaston Leroux. Cast includes Mike Mazurki (uncredited), J Carroll Naish, Lynne Roberts, Sheppard Strudwick (as John Shepperd), Jean Del Val (uncredited) and George Zucco. 58 minutes. Black and white. / American Dr Larry Forbes (Strudwick) goes to France in order to ...

Wallace, Jon

(?   -    ) UK author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Walrus and the Carpenter" in Interzone for July/August 2011. The Kenstibec sequence comprising Barricade (2014) and Steeple (2015) depicts a Near Future Post-Holocaust world hovering on terminal ruination after unremitting Climate Change and war between artificial and "real" versions of Homo sapiens. Devastated cities like Edinburgh have become guarded Keeps inhabited by Android-like ...


Videogame (2007). 2K Boston / 2K Australia. Designed by Ken Levine. Platforms: XB360, Win (2007); PS3 (2008); Mac (2009). / BioShock is a First Person Shooter, much influenced by System Shock 2 (1999) (see System Shock). The game begins with the player character, Jack, in the middle of the Atlantic in 1960, having survived an airplane crash. After swimming to a nearby island, the player can discover a bathysphere and descend to the secret underwater city of Rapture. This metropolis, an ...

Green, I G

Pseudonym of US author Ira Greenblatt (?   -    ), in whose Time Beyond Time (1971) the hero is either killed by lightning or caught in a "time-nexus" and cast into a disease-free Atlantis, where he finds himself immortal and becomes embroiled in many exciting adventures with other characters similarly displaced in time and space. [JC]

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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