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Jacobson, Howard

(1942-    ) UK academic, journalist and author, active in the latter capacity from the 1970s, his first novel being Coming from Behind (1983); perhaps to the detriment of his career as an author of the literary mainstream, he was identified from the first as a comic novelist, though The Finkler Question (2010) won what was by then called the Man Booker Prize. Fortunately, in his first sf novel there are only slight evidences of dissociation typical of the Mainstream Writer ...

Brinkley, William

(1917-1993) US author, best known for Don't Go Near the Water (1956), book and film; in his only sf tale, The Last Ship (1988), is set in a Post-Holocaust world in which, seemingly, only one naval destroyer survives, though a Russian submarine is soon discovered, and then an Island, where the beleaguered (but modestly concupiscent) Captain must arrange for the men and women under his command to propagate the race again. [JC]

Moon [film]

Film (2009). Liberty Films UK in association with Xingu Films and Limelight/Lunar Industries. Directed by Duncan Jones. Written by Nathan Parker; story by Jones. Cast includes Dominique McElligott, Sam Rockwell, Kaya Scodelario and Kevin Spacey (voice). 97 minutes. Colour. / In the Near Future, a new Power Source – fusion fuelled by lunar helium-3 – has solved Earth's energy problems. Sam Bell (Rockwell) is coming to the end of his three-year tenure as the sole human supervising ...

Gowing, Sidney

(1877-1943) UK author who also wrote as by David Goodwin, as by John Goodwin (who should be distinguished from the real John C Goodwin), and as by John Tregillis. Much of his work for the Boys' Papers appeared as single-issue tales (here treated as individual titles) in the Boys' Friend Library, either reprinted from earlier sources or original, beginning with the nonfantastic Man to Man (1908) as by David Goodwin. The Near Future Invasion sequence (see Invasion) includes Kaiser or King?: How ...

Whale, James

(1889-1957) UK-born Hollywood director, in active service during World War One; his career in US Cinema began in 1929. His first film of genre interest was the classic adaptation of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein; Or, the Modern Prometheus (1818; rev 1831) as Frankenstein (1931), a highly influential interpretation in which Boris Karloff plays what many still regard as the definitive Creature or Frankenstein Monster. Whale remains best known for this and three further excursions ...

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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