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Harney, Gilbert Lane

(1851-1925) US church minister and author of Philoland (1900), a Utopia set in a Hollow Earth venue, where a Lost Race of ancient Hebrews has established a populous civilization. It is a relatively sophisticated benign vision of a highly technologized Underground society; such visions are exceedingly rare after World War One. [JC]

Bedford, David

(1937-2011) UK composer and musician. Best known for his collaborations with Mike Oldfield – for instance his orchestral version of Tubular Bells (The Orchestral Tubular Bells, 1974) – Bedford was also a skilled composer of popular and avant-garde classical music. His Star Clusters, Nebulae and Places in Devon (1971), scored for two eight-part choirs with a five horn brass group, is low key, unstrained and haunting. Other albums evince a recurring astronomical fascination: The Sword ...

Sunless Sea

Videogame (2014). Failbetter Games. Designed by Alexis Kennedy. Platforms: PC. / Expanding the world first seen in Fallen London (2009), Sunless Sea takes the player away from the smoke of Fallen London in order to sail and explore the mysterious Unterzee that surrounds it. The game is considerably different from the original, changing the genre of the game and expanding the compact, narratively dense world created in Fallen London. / The sunless "Unterzee" of the game moves the player ...

City of Ember

Film (2008). Walden Media/20th Century Fox. Directed by Gil Kenan. Written by Caroline Thompson, based on the novel The City of Ember (2003) by Jeanne DuPrau. Cast includes Bill Murray, Tim Robbins, Saoirse Ronan and Harry Treadaway. 92 minutes. Colour. / Faced with an unnamed global Disaster, a group of Scientists construct an Underground City for a small portion of humanity to wait out the End of the World. It is hinted that the cause of this apocalypse is nuclear (see Nuclear Energy), ...

Battle of Dorking

Probably the most important and influential of early Future War stories, George T Chesney's anonymously published novella The Battle of Dorking: Reminiscences of a Volunteer (May 1871 Blackwood's Magazine; 1871 chap) conveyed a dire warning against British jingoist complacency with its depiction of a surprise Invasion by an unnamed country (ie Germany) whose secret Weapons or "fatal engines" quickly eliminate the Royal Navy, allowing a landing in force which leads to British defeat in 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 and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...



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