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Palmer, David

(1941-    ) US author whose first story, the impressive "Emergence" for Analog in January 1981, was expanded as Emergence (fixup 1984), a Young Adult tale which attracted some notice for its depiction of a Post-Holocaust America suffering the consequences of a nuclear World War Three, and for its juvenile heroine, who represents a superior form of Homo sapiens (see Superman) and whose transcribed voice dominates the tale; some found her obnoxiously reminiscent of the ...

Gunn, Neil M

(1891-1973) Scottish author and civil servant, author of many novels, the first being Grey Coast (1926). It and some others – like Morning Tide (1931), The Lost Glen (1932), Second Sight (1940) and The Silver Bough (1948) – contain fantasy elements of interest, reminiscent at times of the Celtic Twilight writings of Fiona MacLeod (William Sharp, 1855-1905) [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. The Green Isle of the Great Deep (1944), a sequel to Young Art and Old ...

Falkner, John

Pseudonym used by UK author Ernest John Gale (1917-1976) for two routine sf adventures, Untrodden Streets of Time (1954) – featuring Time Travel to the future – and Overlords of Andromeda (1955), a Space Opera featuring human revolt against the titular Aliens. [JC/DRL]

Smith, William Hawley

(1845-1922) US educator and author whose first novel, The Evolution of "Dodd," in His Struggle for the Survival of the Fittest in Himself: Tracing his Chances, his Changes, and How He Came Out (1884) [see Checklist for vt and other data], examines Social Darwinism cursorily. Of sf interest is very Near Future The Promoters: A Novel without a Woman (1904), whose shady protagonists hope to apply to the real world the example of Jules Verne's The Purchase of the North Pole (1889), in which an ...

Plan 9 from Outer Space

Film (1959). Reynolds Pictures. Written and directed by Edward D Wood Jr. Cast includes Criswell, Tor Johnson, Bela Lugosi, Vampira (Maila Nurmi) and Gregory Walcott. 79 minutes. Black and white. / Enduringly strange B-picture mixing UFOs and Zombies in a free-associating quasi-plot about Alien visitants reanimating the dead in an attempt to warn humanity about the cosmic destructive powers of an imminent post-Nuclear Energy technology which threatens to convert the Sun into a Holocaust ...

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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