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Iliowizi, Henry

(1850-1911) Russian rabbi, poet and author, in US 1880-1910, then UK. His first collection, In the Pale: Stories and Legends of the Russian Jews (coll 1897), adheres to its titular remit; his second, The Weird Orient: Nine Mystical Tales (coll 1900), includes a Wandering Jew story, "The Doom of Al Zameri", and "The Gods in Exile" pictures the Gods of Olympus in a Lost World. [JC]

More, Sir Thomas

(1478-1535) UK amateur actor, translator (of Lucian and others), lawyer, diplomat, politician and author. The son of a barrister, he was first educated for the Church, but soon decided upon a secular career. His legal training involved arguing both sides of any issue, a technique that would reappear in much of his writing, especially in Part 1 of Utopia. He advanced rapidly in public office, becoming both a Member of Parliament and Under-Sherriff of London in 1510, and occupying several posts ...


Film (1980). Alligator Associates/Group 1. Directed by Lewis Teague. Written by John Sayles, based on a story by Sayles and Frank Ray Perilli. Cast includes Robert Forster, Michael Gazzo, Dean Jagger and Robin Riker. 91 minutes cut to 89 minutes. Colour. / A pet baby alligator is flushed down a Los Angeles toilet (see California). Actualizing a familiar US Urban Legends, it or another grows into a Monster, aided by hormone-experiment waste materials illicitly dumped in the sewers (see ...

Scoggins, C E

(1888-1955) Mexican-born author, of American parents, in USA from an early age. Most of his work consists of adventure tales; of sf interest is the Colin O'Leary sequence comprising The House of Dawn (17 February-24 March 1934 Saturday Evening Post; 1935) fertile in the Amazonian hinterland, drain lake and find relics of a strange race and Lost Road (1941); in the first, O'Leary discovers an artificial lake far up the Amazon River which, when drained, reveals relics of a Lost Race, and in the ...

Sobol, Ken

(1938-2010) US author and screenwriter, in Canada from 1974 onwards. Sobol is probably best known for his numerous scripts for animated and live-action Television programmes. These include contributions to the short animated feature A Cosmic Christmas (1977) for Nelvana/Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, a fable in which a boy encounters three visitors from outer space who seek the meaning of Christmas; Sobol's book adaptation is A Cosmic Christmas (1979 chap). Further scripts were for the sf ...

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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