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Wise, Arthur

(1923-1983) UK drama consultant and author, most of whose works were thrillers; he also wrote as by John McArthur and under the non-sf house name Bryan Swift. Most of his sf was borderline, using genre elements to heighten the suspense. The best known of these tales was probably The Day the Queen Flew to Scotland for the Grouse Shooting (1968), about the abduction of the monarch in the context of a breakup of the United Kingdom. A second Near-Future, political novel was Who Killed Enoch ...

Williams, Lynda

(1958-    ) Canadian author most of whose work is set in the Okal Rel Universe, intentionally created as a Shared World of future interstellar conflict between rival cultures whose roots lie in Earth's past Colonization of Other Worlds, with a touch of Medieval Futurism in its ruling Houses, princes and empires. The first-published volume Throne Price (2003) with Alison Sinclair is Williams's sf debut but fourth in the chronology of the main Okal Rel saga [see Checklist ...

Taber, Deb

(?   -    ) US editor and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "How to Raise a Human" in Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest for Fall 2006, which evokes Horror in SF. Her first novel, Necessary Ill (2013), depicts a morally ambiguous Near Future America where problems of Overpopulation and the exhaustion of planetary resources (see Climate Change; Ecology) are handled by the judicious use of a designer plague, becoming a Pandemic. This ...


Film (1934; vt L'Or). UFA. Directed by Karl Hartl. Written by Rolf E Vanloo. Cast includes Hans Albers, Michael Bohnen, Lien Deyers, Brigitte Helm and Friedrich Kayssler. 120 minutes. Black and white. / This German film was made by much the same team that had made F.P.1 Antwortet Nicht two years earlier, but is more spectacular and also more nationalistic. German scientists are hired by a megalomaniac Scottish tycoon who wishes to build a nuclear reactor to transmute base metal into gold ...

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

Animated film (2001). Nickelodeon Movies/Paramount Pictures. Directed by John A Davis. Written by Davis and David N Weiss & J David Stem and Steve Oedekerk, based on a story by Davis and Oedekerk. Cast includes Debi Derryberry, Rob Paulsen and Patrick Stewart. 79 minutes. Colour. / The usual pattern for Edisonade in Children's SF is that our young inventor (see Invention) must take many stumbling steps in the face of public ridicule before proving their worth. In contrast, James Isaac ...

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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