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Archipelago

An archipelago is a cluster of Islands or Cities or Polders sufficiently intersective to make up a whole larger than the parts, but free from the plethoric incessancy that can lock down the mise-en-scène of a tale set inescapably in some single land [for Polders see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below.] As should become evident, the term archipelago is not understood here as taken from or developing in any significant way John Kerrigan's arguments in Archipelagic English: ...

Cobban, J MacLaren

(1849-1903) UK author, of some interest for Master of His Fate (October-December 1889 Blackwood's Magazine; 1890), whose protagonist, tortured by the need vampirically to drain the life energy of others to maintain his own Immortality, confesses all to an expert in the field of animal magnetism; and then – convulsively aged into an old man, as always happens before he feeds – kills himself. The Tyrants of Kool-Sim (1896) – a sequel to The White Kaid of the Atlas (1895), which ...

Lucas, George

(1944-    ) US film-maker. He attended the University of Southern California Film School and as a graduate student made an sf short there entitled THX 1138:4EB (1967), which won film festival awards. Working in 1968 as an assistant to Francis Ford Coppola he made a highly praised documentary about the filming of Coppola's The Rain People (1969); then in 1969, with Coppola as executive producer, Lucas began a feature-film version, THX 1138 (1971), of his sf short; it was well ...

Night Stalker

US tv series (2005). Touchstone Television/Big Light Productions for ABC tv. Created by Frank Spotnitz; produced by Lori-Etta Taub, Gary LaPoten. Cast includes Eric Jungmann, Stuart Townsen and Gabrielle Union. Directors included Rob Bowman, Dave Sarafian, Tony Wharmby. Writers included Spotnitz, Vince Gilligan, William Schmidt. Ten 50-minute episodes. Colour. / This short-lived series was both a remake of and a sequel to the original series Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974-1975), with the ...

Boudinot, Ryan

(1972-    ) US author, born in the US Virgin Islands, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Civilization" for McSweeney's #14 in 2004, set in a savagely Satirized Near Future America where teenagers are forced to ritually murder their parents; also of interest was "Cardiology" in Real Unreal: Best American Fantasy Volume III (anth 2008) edited by Kevin Brockmeier and Matthew Cheney. The Littlest Hitler: Stories (coll 2006) assembles tales, mostly set 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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