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Pedley, Hugh

(1852-1923) Canadian minister and author, whose Looking Forward: The Strange Experience of the Rev Fergus McCheyne (1913) is a Utopia set in the Near Future when the United Church of Canada – now established as the state religion – has brought peace to the land. Transportation has evolved rapidly, with sky trains traversing Canada. The protagonist, who has been in a state of self-induced Suspended Animation, admires this mild Canadian theocracy, and falls in love. [JC]

Strike, Jeremy

Pseudonym of US author Thomas Edward Renn (1939-2000), author of an Space Opera, A Promising Planet (1970 dos), set on a potential colony planet whose reigning deity (see Religion) will have no truck with Imperialism. [JC]

Murray, Will

Working name of US author William Patrick Murray (1953-    ), who has shown an interest throughout his career in pulp Superheroes like Doc Savage, about which figure he wrote the nonfiction Secrets of Doc Savage (1981 chap); as Kenneth Robeson he began a new sequence of Doc Savage adventures comprising Python Isle (1991), White Eyes (1992), The Frightened Fish (1992), The Jade Ogre (1992), Flight into Fear (1993), The Whistling Wraith (1993) and The Forgotten Realm (1993). ...


Sf in the modern sense evolved tentatively in Hungary in the 1870s, although it had had forerunners. The end of the eighteenth century was characterized by the popularity of Fantastic Voyages and Utopias. French and other sources inspired Tariménes utazása ["The Voyage of Tariménes"] (1804) by György Bessenyei (1747-1811). The hero, who gets to an unknown country, not only describes the perfect order of the state but also presents a copy of its constitution. Another ...

Horrors of Spider Island

Film (1959, released 1960; vt The Body in the Web; vt It's Hot in Paradise). Produced by Gaston Hakim and Wolf C Hartwig. Directed by Fritz Böttger (credited as Jamie Nolan). Written by Böttger, Eldon Howard and Albert G Miller. Cast includes Alex D'Arcy, Helga Franck, Dorothee Parker (credited as Norma Townes) and Barbara Valentin. 89 minutes, sometimes cut to 82 minutes. Black and white. / Nightclub owner Gary (D'Arcy) interviewing assorted women for his exotic dance troupe in ...

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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