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Mendelsohn, Felix, Jr

(1906-1990) US author of two unremarkable comic sf novels, Club Tycoon Sends Man to Moon (1965) and Superbaby (1969). The former, in its spoofing of the space race (see Space Flight), sometimes scores an amusing point; the latter similarly spoofs Genetic Engineering in a tale involving the New York Metropolitans, a terrible Baseball team and the created Superman who comes to play for them. [JC]

Piranha

Film (1978). New World. Executive producers Roger Corman, Jeff Schechtman. Directed by Joe Dante. Written by John Sayles, based on a story by Sayles and Richard Robinson. Cast includes Paul Bartel, Bradford Dillman, Kevin McCarthy, Heather Menzies, Dick Miller, Barbara Steele and Keenan Wynn. 94 minutes. Colour. / The army has been creating cold-water-tolerant man-eating piranhas for use in Vietnam, and some escape into a Texas river. An attempt by the army to hush this up permits a piranha ...

Travel Guides

These occasionally feature in sf, the most famous of all being Douglas Adams's comic creation The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy (which see) – a guide that gives little space to such minor destinations as Earth, famously listed only as "Harmless" and amended after extensive further research to "Mostly harmless". In older sf, Jack Vance makes witty use of invented guidebooks – e.g. "Popular Handbook of the Planets, 303rd edition" – for background Infodumps in his Demon ...

Infinity Plus

Sf/fantasy fiction and reviews website edited 1997-2006 by Keith Brooke. Infinity Plus is now dormant, but its archives can still be read online. [DRL] links / Infinity Plus

Van Rjndt, Philippe

Pseudonym of Canadian author Oleg Michaelchuk (1950-    ), who also writes as by Philip Michaels. He is of sf interest for The Trial of Adolf Hitler (1978), an Alternate History tale with Hitler Wins implications, in which Hitler, who had escaped death in World War Two, is brought to trial a quarter of a century later, and reawakens all the old vileness. In Samaritan (1984), a Technothriller, an underlying concern of the previous tale is articulated through a USSR plot 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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