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Thomson, James

Working name of Scottish poet and author James Thompson (1834-1882), best known for "The City of Dreadful Night" (1874 National Reformer as Bysshe Vanolis; 1975 chap), a long narrative poem whose rendering of an apocalyptic City very much like London contains a profusion of images and tropes that prefigure Steampunk and Urban Fantasy (see The ...

Lucas, Penelope

(?   -    ) UK author of Wilderness Moon (1991), a Prehistoric SF tale set in northern Siberia 30,000 years ago with Equipoisal shamans. [JC]

Village, The

Film (2004). Touchstone Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company) presents a Blinding Edge Productions/Scott Rudin production. Written and directed by M Night Shyamalan. Cast includes Adrien Brody, Brendan Gleeson, Bryce Dallas Howard, William Hurt, Joaquin Phoenix and Sigourney Weaver. 103 minutes. Colour. / An enigmatic preindustrial community menaced by half-glimpsed ...

Lepucki, Edan

(?   -    ) US journalist and author whose first work of fiction, If You're Not Yet Like Me (2010 chap), is a novella whose narrator addresses her thoughts and memories to her unborn child. Her first full-length novel, California (2014), is sf, set in a moderately distant Near Future California transformed by economic scarcity, the dissolution of effective government, ...

Junk Head

Japanese stop-motion animated film (2017; rev 2021). Yamiken. Directed and written by Takahide Hori. Voice cast includes Takahide Hori and Atsuko Miyake. 100 minutes. Colour. / Initially released as the short film Junk Head 1 (2013), which became the first 30 minutes of the 2017 full-length film discussed here (a revised version of which was released in 2021). Junk Head 1 took four years to produce and was made entirely by the ...

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 ...

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