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ab Hugh, Dafydd

(1960-    ) US author, born David M Friedman, whose Welsh-sounding name has been legalized. He is perhaps best known for his novella, "The Coon Rolled Down and Ruptured his Larinks, a Squeezed Novel by Mr. Skunk" (August 1990 Asimov's). This is a striking Post-Holocaust tale whose linguistic invention recalls Russell Hoban's Riddley Walker (1980), but which is altogether more graphic in its effects. The Arthur War Lord sequence, comprising Arthur War Lord (1994) and Far ...

Weddle, David

(?   -    ) US journalist, Television producer, screenwriter and author, who has created episodes for Battlestar Galactica (2003-2009), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993-1999) and The Twilight Zone (2002-2003), among others. He has published relatively little in book form, over and above a Tie to the Star Trek universe: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Section 31: Abyss (2001) with Jeffrey Lang. [JC]

Bernard, Joel

(?   -    ) Writer of whom nothing is known beyond the attachment of his name to a Tie to the Man from U.N.C.L.E. universe: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Thinking Machine (1968), which is #11 in the UK numbering of the sequence and #21 in the US. [JC]

Soviet Union

The vast majority of the sf from what until 1991 was the Soviet Union, especially that translated into English, was in the first instance written and published in Russian (see Russia). A small amount of Soviet sf exists in the various languages other than Russian, notably Ukrainian, in which the dissident writer Oles Berdnyk writes. Little of this material has been translated into Russian, let alone English. The break-up of the USSR will certainly in due course increase interest from both ...

Event Horizon

Film (1997). Paramount Pictures. Directed by Paul W S Anderson. Written by Philip Eisner. Cast includes Laurence Fishburne, Jason Isaacs, Richard T Jones, Sam Neill, Jack Noseworthy, Sean Pertwee, Kathleen Quinlan and Joely Richardson. 96 minutes. Colour. / In the mid-twenty-first century, an experimental spaceship, the Event Horizon, vanishes without trace in the outer solar system. Seven years later the ship is detected when it sends an incoherent but disturbing distress message from an ...

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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