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Torday, Piers

(?   -    ) UK author whose very Young Adult Near Future Dystopian Last Wild sequence comprising The Last Wild (2013), The Dark Wild (2014) and The Wild Beyond (2015) focuses on the attempts of a mute Telepathic boy and his companions to save the last animals at a time when Homo sapiens has come very close to exterminating all other species. There May Be a Castle (2016), a fantasy for younger children, explores similar territory. [JC]

MacBride, Stuart B

(?   -    ) Scottish author, mostly of thrillers from 2005 as Stuart MacBride, and of an sf thriller, Halfhead (2009), set in a moderately distant Near Future Glasgow a decade after violent social upheavals, caused by excesses of Virtual Reality, have killed millions; in the Dystopian aftermath of this, criminals (see Crime and Punishment) are lobotomized, mutilated, transformed into workers. A plot involving a mutilated but still functional serial killer then ...

Lensman [film]

Japanese animated film (1984; vt Lensman: Secret of the Lens). Original title SF Shinseiki Lensman. Based on E E Smith's Lensman series. Madhouse, MK Productions. Directed by Kazuyuki Hirokawa and Yoshiaki Kawajiri. Written by Sōji Yoshikawa. Voice cast includes Toshio Furukawa, Seizo Katou, Mami Koyama, Nachi Nozawa, Chikao Ohtsuka and Tadashi Yokouchi. 107 minutes. Colour. / Earth and its allies formed the Galactic Patrol to combat the expansion of the evil Boskone empire (see ...

Pollock, A W A

(1853-1923) UK soldier and author, an army officer from 1875 until the end of World War One; he is of sf interest for two Future War tales, Lord Roastem's Campaign in North-Eastern France With Sketch Map (1911 chap), which describes a series of imaginary battles, and In the Cockpit of Europe (1913) which specifically adumbrates World War One, with Britain coming to the aid of a beleaguered France. [JC]

Bailey, Charles W

(1929-2012) US author and journalist who collaborated with Fletcher Knebel (whom see for details) on Seven Days in May (1962). [JC]

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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