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Walkey, S

(1871-1953) UK author, active contributor of boy's stories to various journals from the early 1890s, with an emphasis on pirate tales, with hints of the supernatural that are normally rationalized; the Scarlet Pimpernel-like figure featured in the Jack-a-Lantern sequence is not the superman he seems (see Baroness Orczy). Walkey is of sf interest for In Quest of Sheba's Treasure: A Perilous Adventure by Land and Sea (28 August 1895-?? 1896 Chums; 1897), a tale set in the eighteenth century, when ...

Germany since 1990

This entry describes the state of sf in Germany from the year 1990 onward. At present there are separate entries in this encyclopedia for Germany before 1990 (including East Germany) and Austria. These are to be restructured in the near future and joined by a more extensive entry on sf in {East Germany}. / Science fiction in the post-reunification Germany is still dominated by translations of the works of American and British authors. As a publisher, the paperback line of publisher Heyne ...

London, Jack

Working name of US author John Griffith London (1876-1916), known primarily for his work outside the sf field. After leaving school at the age of 14, London spent seven years of adventure and hardship as an oyster pirate, sailor, hobo, prisoner and Klondike gold-seeker. During this period, he gave himself an education steeped in the most influential scientific and philosophic theories of the late nineteenth century – Darwinism (see Evolution; Social Darwinism), Nietzscheism and Marxism ...

Carey, Mike

(1959-    ) UK Comics writer and author who also writes as M R Carey and as by Adam Blake; father of Louise Carey. He first came to notice for his comics, initially for two stories for 2000 AD, Th1rt3en (2002 2000 AD #1289-1299; graph 2005), a Space Opera and Carver Hale (2001 2000 AD #1236-1240/1247-1249; graph 2005), which is horror. He has since written many scripts for DC Comics and Marvel Comics, the latter including graphic adaptations of part of Orson Scott Card's ...

Critters

Film (1986). New Line/Smart Egg/Sho films. Directed by Stephen Herek. Written by Herek, Dominic Muir, with additions by Opper. Cast includes Billy Green Bush, Scott Grimes, Don Opper, Dee Wallace Stone and M Emmet Walsh. 86 minutes, cut to 85 minutes. Colour. / Small furry carnivorous Aliens with voracious appetites and large teeth (very clearly modelled on the creatures in Joe Dante's Gremlins [1984]) besiege a farmhouse in Kansas and are driven off with the help of alien bounty-hunters. ...

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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