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Munson, Donald

(?   -    ) US author of the Near Future Satire President Kissinger: A Political Fiction (1974) with Monroe Rosenthal, in which, employing a Bismarckish decisiveness, Henry Kissinger creates a one-world government, which he heads, and which America dominates. [JC]

Wilson, Kelpie

(1956-    ) US engineer, environmental activist, journalist and author whose sf novel Primal Tears (2005) is an Apes as Human tale describing the birth and upbringing of a hybrid child, half Homo sapiens and half bonobo. A right-wing Christian fundamentalist sect threatens to destroy her (see Religion), but she escapes into the forests along the Pacific Rim, where she lives with protesters against the Ecological degradation of the planet. [JC]

Townsend, Eric

Pseudonym of UK author Eric William MacLean (1901-?   ), who also wrote as by Eric W Townsend, almost exclusively for Boys' Papers; much of this work has never appeared in book form, with two exceptions of some sf interest. The Bell of Santadino (13 January 1922 Champion; 1937) revolves around a giant bell, likely of ancient origin, which is discovered in the mountains of Peru. The Lair of the Bird-Men (1938), is a Lost Race tale featuring a hirsute minuscule race of humanoids ...

Man of Steel

American film (2013). Warner Brothers/Legendary Pictures/Syncopy. Directed by Zack Snyder. Written by David S Goyer, based on a story by Goyer and Christopher Nolan using characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Cast includes Amy Adams, Henry Cavill, Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, Michael Shannon, Antje Traue and Ayelet Zurer. 143 minutes. Colour. / In this version of the Superman story, the eponymous hero comes from a decadent Krypton that has ...

Hocking, Ian

(1976-    ) UK author Senior Lecturer of Psychology at Canterbury Christ Church University, whose Déjà Vu (2005) is a Near Future Technothriller based on the time-tested Set a Thief to Catch a Thief plot generator; all works out for the female criminal so seconded, in the end. The sequel, continuing the Saskia Brandt series, is Flashback (2011 ebook). [JC/DRL]

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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