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Rozanès, Alain P

(?   -    ) Author, possibly French, of an sf novel, The Great Confederation of Argos (trans by Melanie Brown 1996), set in Near Future France when it is discovered that all women, including virgins and those past menopause, have simultaneously become pregnant; the affliction turns out to be worldwide. [JC]

Blaue Palais, Das

["The Blue Palace"] German tv miniseries (1974; 1976). Produced by German Bavaria Atelier Studios in co-operation with French Office de Radiodiffusion Télévision Française (ORTF). Created, written, and directed by Rainer Erler. Cast includes Peter Fricke, Dieter Laser, Evelyn Opela and Eva Renzi. Five 90-minute episodes, three broadcast in 1974 and two in 1976. Colour. / Named after the feudal mansion in Germany that provides its headquarters, the series' eponymous ...

Smith, D R

Working name of Donald Raymond Smith (1917-1999), UK author, editor and fan who along with J Michael Rosenblum was instrumental in maintaining lines of communication within UK Fandom during World War Two, in particular editing the British Fantasy Society Bulletin (1942-1946). He was an often controversial columnist in Britain's first Fanzine, Novae Terrae, from its second issue in April 1936, and published some amateur fiction beginning with "It's a Devil" in The Fantast for September 1939. / ...

Ghost of Slumber Mountain, The

US silent film (1918). Herbert M. Dawley Production. Directed by Willis H O'Brien. Written by Herbert M Dawley and Willis H O'Brien. Special effects by Willis H O'Brien. Cast includes Herbert M. Dawley and Willis H O'Brien. Original version 40 minutes; cut to 12 minutes. Black and white. / Jack Holmes (Dawley) tells his two nephews of his visit to Slumber Mountain. Deep in the forest, he and his friend Joe arrived at the cabin of the late Mad Dick, a hermit. Joe says he had once seen him go ...

Leininger, Robert

(1946-    ) US author in whose Black Sun (1991) the Disaster of a sudden dimming of the Sun causes a new Ice Age. [JC]

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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