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Wood, Charlotte

(1965-    ) Australian author whose work has generally been nonfantastic. Of sf interest is The Natural Way of Things (2015), set in a very Near Future Dystopian Australia and centering on a group of women first drugged (see Drugs) then forcibly confined to a Keep deep in the outback. They discover that they are being punished (see Feminism; Women in SF; Sex) for the sin of behaving "badly" with powerful men. A Slingshot Ending leaves no surety over their possible release. ...

Smith, Curtis C

(1939-    ) US critic and bibliographer, most of whose work in the first category has focused upon two authors: Olaf Stapledon, beginning with essays like "William Olaf Stapledon: Saint and Revolutionary" for Extrapolation in 1971, and culminating in Olaf Stapledon: A Bibliography (1984) with Harvey J Satty; and upon Mack Reynolds, culminating in Welcome to the Revolution: The Literary Legacy of Mack Reynolds (1996), which focuses on Reynolds as a writer of Utopias. He is ...

Kaplan, Carter

(1960-    ) US academic and author of Critical Synoptics: Menippean Satire and the Analysis of Intellectual Mythology (2000) which – over and above its unexpected conflation of Menippean Satire and the philosophical investigations of Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) – interestingly questions the ascendency of academic criticism-from-above over more intimate – what he calls synaesthesiacal – criticism on the part of critics who begin with the texts ...

Hughes, Zach

Working name for much of his sf of US author Hugh Zachary (1928-2016), who also used various other pseudonyms for sf, including Evan Innes, Peter Kanto, Pablo Kane and Marcus Van Heller; he used his real name for other work from 1961 on, at least 100 titles in all. His novels in the sf field were expertly devised and readable and frequently surprisingly dark in their implications. The Book of Rack the Healer (July/August-September/October 1972 If; 1973) and its sequel Thunderworld (1982) ...

Lady and the Monster, The

Film (1944). Republic. Produced and directed by George Sherman. Written by Dane Lussier, Frederick Kohner, based on Donovan's Brain (1943) by Curt Siodmak. Cast includes Richard Arlen, Sidney Blackmer, Vera Ralston and Erich von Stroheim. 86 minutes. Black and white. / This is the first of the three film versions of Siodmak's novel; the others are Donovan's Brain (1953) and Vengeance (1963; vt The Brain). Financial wizard W H Donovan is killed when his plane crashes in the desert. An ...

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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