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Lathe of Heaven, The

Made-for-tv film (1980). TV Laboratory WNET/13, New York, for PBS. Produced and directed by David R Loxton and Fred Baryzk. Teleplay Roger E Swaybill, Diane English, based on The Lathe of Heaven (March-May 1971 Amazing; 1971) by Ursula K Le Guin. Cast includes Margaret Avery, Kevin Conway and Bruce Davison. 120 minutes. Colour. / Made outside the commercial system for Public Television, this may be the best sf television-movie ever made, with innovative use of existing reality (futuristic ...

Goodman, Alison

(1966-    ) Australian author who began publishing work of genre interest with "One Last Zoom at the Buzz Bar" (in The Patternmaker, anth 1994, ed Lucy Sussex), and whose Young Adult sf novel, Singing the Dogstar Blues (1998), lightly sketches in the hard times inflicted upon a teenager by her Alien partner who engages in Time Travel. The Empire of the Celestial Dragon sequence is fantasy. [JC]

Bernard, John

Pseudonym of Irish author Annie O'Meara de Vic Beamish (1883-1969), who founded and operated language schools on the Continent, and who was author of at least two dog books. Her novel The New Race of Devils (1921) describes a Near-Future German plan to create a new race through artificial insemination (see Eugenics); in the main section of the tale, set in 1934, an amoral Superman, about to become instrumental in an Invasion of England by channel tunnel, finds love. The King's Missal (1934) as ...

Stadt ohne Juden, Die

["The City Without Jews"] Austrian film (1924). H K Breslauer-Film. Directed by H K Breslauer. Written by Hugo Bettauer from the novel Die Stadt ohne Juden (1922), and by Breslauer. Cast includes Hans Moser, Anny Miletty, Eugen Neufeld, Johannes Riemann, Karl Terna. 80 minutes. Black and white. / Hugo Bettauer's original novel, a comic Satire set in Near Future Vienna, suffers considerable mutilation in the film version, where the satire is softened, Vienna is renamed Utopia (see Dystopia), ...

Anderson, Chester

(1932-1991) US author and poet, member of the Beat Generation, editor of underground journals on both coasts, and of Paul Williams's Crawdaddy, a rock'n'roll magazine (1968-1969); he wrote poetry as c v j anderson. His most straightforward sf was written in association with Michael Kurland, Ten Years to Doomsday (1964), a straight collaboration, being a lightly written Invasion tale with a good deal of activity in space and on other planets. The Butterfly Kid (1967) was written by Chester ...

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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