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Traill, H D

(1842-1900) UK lawyer, journalist and author, of most interest for his Satires, early examples – like The Israelitish Question: And the Comments of the Canaan Journals Thereon (1876 chap) anonymous tending to spoof contemporary politics through elaborate parodies and anachronisms. The New Lucian: Being a Series of Dialogues of the Dead (coll of linked stories 1884) makes its satirical points through a sustained reworking of the work by Lucian. The long Near Future title story of the tales ...

Brother from Another Planet, The

Film (1984). A-Train Films. Directed John Sayles. Written by Sayles. Cast includes Caroline Aaron, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Joe Morton and Tom Wright. 108 minutes. Colour. / Where Sayles's exploitation-movie scripts are cynical and hard-edged, the films he directs himself are gentler and also more overtly political. The Brother from Another Planet is the only sf film he has written and directed, and to a degree it gets the best of both worlds, though it has a sentimental streak. The Brother is ...

Vopěnka, Martin

(1963-    ) Czech publisher and author, active from about 1989, whose Pátý Rozmeř (2009; trans Hana Sklenkova as The Fifth Dimension 2015) is an example of Fantastika whose incorporation of sf elements achieves a bleakly deliberated abstractness that removes the text very far from Genre SF, or indeed from the tale of political/cultural Paranoia it seems to channel. In a more or less contemporary land (similar to the Czech Republic), the protagonist finds ...

Reeve, Arthur B

(1880-1936) US author almost exclusively remembered for his Craig Kennedy, Scientific Detective sequence, the most significant titles being the eighty-two short stories first published 1910-1918 in monthly instalments beginning with "The Case of the Helen Bond" (December 1910 Cosmopolitan) – the subsequent stories all appearing in the same journal – and in various magazines 1919-1935, and then assembled variously in book form; later titles in the overall sequence – mostly ...

Logsdon, Syd

(1947-    ) US teacher and author whose first sf novel, Jandrax (1979), is a Planetary Romance whose inhabitants, two generations after their Starship has been stranded, have created two contrasting societies on the planet: a "stationary" order governed by the passengers' version of a unifying Monomythos (see Religion); and a migratory culture created by the crew, after they have been exiled from their ship. Logsdon's second novel, A Fond Farewell to Dying (June 1978 Galaxy ...

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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