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Templeton, Charles

(1915-2001) Canadian newspaper editor, evangelist, broadcaster and author whose novels of sf interest were written long after he had lost his Christian faith. In Act of God (1977) the skeleton of Jesus of Nazareth is found, a discovery which disrupts the world's Christian Religions. A Near Future Utopia is falteringly created in World of One (1988), with evangelism exercising a malign influence. [JC]

No Escape

Film (1994; vt Penal Colony; vt The Prison Colony; vt Escape From Absalom). Pacific Western/Allied Filmmakers/Columbia Tristar. Produced by Gale Ann Hurd. Directed by Martin Campbell. Written by Michael Gaylin, Joel Gross, based on The Penal Colony (1987) by Richard Herley. Cast includes Kevin Dillon, Don Henderson, Lance Henriksen, Ernie Hudson, Michael Lerner, Ray Liotta, Ian McNeice, Kevin J O'Conner, Jack Shepherd and Stuart Wilson. 115 minutes. Colour. / Curiously, this is one of two ...

Wilson, Anna

(1954-    ) UK-born author, now in the US. Both of her novels are sharp Feminist parables. Altogether Elsewhere (1985) depicts a Near-Future feminist vigilante backlash against male violence. Hatching Stones (1991) portrays a society in which males largely abandon females when Genetic Engineering allows them to Clone "sons", although a modified form of the family survives in a quasi-Utopian society where all the adults are female. [BS/JC]

Smith, Gregory J

(?   -    ) US patent attorney and author of the Starquest series of Space Operas beginning with Captive Planet (1986), composed with homiletic intent to espouse the Christian Religion. [JC]

Gómez Jimenez, Jorge

(1971-    ) Venezuelan editor, author and poet. He edited the biweekly Magazine La Peña Literaria Cahuakao between 1988 and 1989 and the weekly magazine El Tabloide between 1990 and 1993. He is best known as the editor since 1996 of Letralia, Tierra de Letras, the very first Venezuelan Webzine about culture and literature. In his novel Los títeres ["The Puppetry"] (1991), two teachers discover that they are characters in a novel and make the decision to kill ...

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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