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Hatfield, Frank

Pseudonym of US author John Stevens (?   -?   ), whose Lost Race novel, The Realm of Light (1908), is couched in the form of a manuscript left to Stevens by Frank Hatfield; the setting is a high plateau in Africa, where the Zoeians apply advanced Technology to sustain existences so spiritually elevated (see Religion) that Hatfield deems them to be "living exponents" of Christ. [JC]

Fin du Monde, La

Film (1931; vt The End of the World). L'Écran d'Art. Directed by Abel Gance. Written by Gance, suggested by a story by Camille Flammarion. Cast includes Jeanne Brindeau, Colette Darfeuil, Samson Fainsilber, Victor Francen, Gance and Sylvie Grenade. 105 minutes, cut to 91 minutes, cut to 54 minutes. Black and white. / This tells of a Comet's approach to Earth and of the upheavals (natural and cultural) that ensue. There are orgies, and the rise of a totalitarian leader (Francen), ...

Lawnmower Man, The

Film (1992). Allied Vision Lane Pringle/Fuji Eight Co. Directed by Brett Leonard. Written by Leonard, Gimel Everett. Cast includes Pierce Brosnan, Jeff Fahey, Geoffrey Lewis and Jenny Wright. 108 minutes. Colour. / The full title is Stephen King's The Lawnmower Man, but the film has been repudiated by King, angry at the cynicism whereby his old short story "The Lawnmower Man" (May 1975 Cavalier) was purchased to exploit the marketing power of his name and then effectively discarded through ...

Igor

Animated film (2008). Exodus Film Group/Metro Goldwyn Mayer. Directed by Tony Leondis. Written by Chris McKenna with John Hoffman, Leondis and Dimitri Toscas. Cast includes Steve Buscemi, John Cusack, Sean Hayes and Molly Shannon. 83 minutes. Colour. / The Kingdom of Malaria (see Ruritania) is beset by persistent cloud cover which has destroyed the population's ability to farm. So they turn to an alternative income stream: evil Inventions made by Mad Scientists used to hold the rest of the ...

Burke, Ralph

Pseudonym used for magazine stories 1956-1958, primarily by Robert Silverberg alone, but three times in collaboration with Randall Garrett. [JC/DRL]

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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