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Davies, Hugh Sykes

(1909-1984) UK critical theorist, surrealist, Communist (until 1956), poet (in the Apocalyptic movement founded by Henry Treece), and author whose surrealist book-length Petron: A Prose Poem (1935) is, at least retroactively, of some value to sf writers and readers as an early model for contemporary attempts at the rendering of Inner Space. The Papers of Andrew Melmoth (1960) is an interesting story about the Evolution of Intelligence in rats, quite different, in its quiet literary tone, from ...

Dinosaurs [tv]

US tv series (1991-1994). Michael Jacobs Productions, Jim Henson Productions, Walt Disney Television (see Disney on Television). Created by Michael Jacobs and Bob Young. Directors include Bruce Bilson and Tom Trbovich. Writers include David Caplan, Tim Doyle, Brian LaPan and Rob Ulin. Voice cast includes Kevin Clash, Sam McMurray, Stuart Pankin, Sally Struthers, Jessica Walter and Jason Willinger. 65 23-minute episodes. Colour. / A family sitcom combining elements of the The Flintstones ...

Dimondstein, Boris

Apparent working name of Russian-born author Boris Daymondshteyn (1891-1973), author of an anti-Communist Utopia, Utopia (The Volcano Island) – Revised Edition (1958); an earlier edition, if it exists, has not been identified. He also published work on German/Jewish issues. [JC]

Temné Slunce

Film (1980; vt Dark Sun; The Black Sun). Filmové studio Barrandov. Directed by Otakar Vávra. Written by Vávra, Jiří Šotola, loosely based on Krakatit (1924; trans 1925) by Karel Čapek. Cast includes Radoslav Brzobohatý, Rudolf Hrušínský and Magda Vašáryová. 133 minutes. Colour. / This is the better-known of Vávra's two films of Čapek's novel; the earlier and more faithful adaptation, ...

Caird, Janet

(1913-1992) Malawi-born UK author of sf interest mainly for a Lost Race novel, The Loch (1968), in which the water level in Loch Ness (not so named but unmistakable) suddenly sinks, uncovering a race of quasi-troglodytes, descended from the Vikings or before, which has survived Underground in caves impossible of access until now. [JC] see also: Loch Ness Monster. /

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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