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Walsh, M C

(?   -?   ) US author of a Lost Race novel, The Golden Idol: A Tale of Adventure in Australia and New Zealand (1891), in which explorers discover and attempt to exploit an Underground treasure guarded by the last survivors of an extinct race, though the line may be preserved through the departure of the tale's protagonist with a woman he has fallen in love with. [JC]

Comics

This entry covers the comic strip in daily and Sunday newspapers, European comic papers and the initially US-style comic book; it does not cover the Graphic Novel per se, although clearly there is a more than casual overlap between the two categories. / Comics stories use some interaction of text and picture, as opposed to the "storybook" or "picture book" use of words plus illustrations. Design, drawing style, caption and word-balloon continuity all serve to make comics a medium with its ...

Richter, Hans

Working name of German author Johannes Richter (1889-1941), whose early association with the Nazi regime in Germany has obliterated his reputation. His novel Der Kanal (1923) is derivative of Bernhard Kellermann's The Tunnel (1903) and describes a five-year construction project to build a canal between the North Sea and the Adriatic. The project is doomed, with great loss of life and the eventual insanity of the project manager. Turmstadt: Roman ["Turmstadt: A Novel"] (1926) reflects the ...

Communion

Film (1989). Pheasantry Films in association with Allied Vision, The Picture Property Company. Coproduced by Philippe Mora, Whitley Strieber and Dan Allingham. Directed by Mora. Written by Strieber based on his own book Communion: A True Story (1987). Cast includes Joel Carlson, Lindsay Crouse, Terri Hanauer, Andreas Katsulas, Frances Sternhagen and Christopher Walken. 101 minutes. Colour. / This interesting film which tells of the abduction by Aliens of fantasy writer Whitley Strieber has ...

Wallace, Nick

(1972-    ) UK media consultant and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Five Dimensional Thinking" in Life During Wartime (anth 2003) edited by Paul Cornell, like most of his work a contribution to the Doctor Who universe, in this case the Bernice Summerfield subseries. Fear Itself (2005) is set in the Doctor Who BBC Past Doctors subseries. Collected Works (anth 2006) assembles Bernice Summerfield tales. [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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