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Emecheta, Buchi

(1944-2017) Nigerian-born author, in the UK from 1962, author of a number of semi-autobiographical, feminist novels which vividly describe the lives of African women in the industrial UK during the years of its decline. The Rape of Shavi (1983), set in the Near Future, describes the effect upon the African country of Shavi when a horde of refugees from a European nuclear Holocaust descends like locusts. Kehinde (1994) is a fantasy whose protagonist communes with the spirit of a stillborn twin. ...

Russell, Ken

(1927-2011) UK film and television director, of greatest sf interest in this area for Altered States (1980), which see. His Gothic (1986) features the famous gathering at the Villa Diodati that included Lord Byron, John Polidori and Mary Shelley. The Lair of the White Worm (1988) is loosely based on Bram Stoker's supernatural fantasy of the same title, and The Fall of the Louse of Usher: A Gothic Tale for the 21st Century (2002) is horror with some supernatural elements, based on stories by ...

Knapp, James

(1970-    ) US author whose Revivors sequence comprises State of Decay (2010), which won the Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Memorial Award, The Silent Army (2010) and Element Zero (2011). The series is set in a Near Future Dystopian America whose citizens – in order to avoid military service in the unending Wars their country continues to wage, and also to gain sufficient credit to feed their families in a world where Climate Change has finally begun to bite – are ...

CBS Radio Workshop

Radio series (1956-1957). CBS Radio for the CBS Radio Network. Produced by William N Robson and William Froug. Directors included Robson, Dee Englebach, Jack Johnstone, and Elliott Lewis. 86 episodes, 25-30 minutes. / A short-lived attempt to revive both radio drama and the Columbia Workshop (1936-1943; 1946-1947) which CBS produced near the end of the US Golden Age of Radio, this programme was one of the best such ever broadcast, but was unable to compete with the rise of Television. ...

Ruritania

Imaginary countries are common in the literatures of the world, but only some can properly be called Ruritanian. In The Prisoner of Zenda (1894) by the UK author Anthony Hope, Rudolf Rassendyll, a leisured and insouciant young Britisher of the 1890s, travels on a whim, via Paris and Dresden, to the small, feudal, independent, German-speaking middle-European kingdom of Ruritania, located somewhere east-southeast of the latter city. Here he discovers that he is the virtual Double of the king to ...

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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