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Thornton, John

(?   -?   ) UK author of A Voyage to Immanuel's Land [full title in Checklist below] (1826) anonymous, a Fantastic Voyage devoted to the promulgation of Christian doctrine, allegorized on the model of John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress (1677-1684), not deftly. [JC]

Paterson, Isabel

(1886-1961) Canadian journalist, literary critic and author, in the US from around 1915, whose The God of the Machine (1943) originated many of the tenets of libertarianism (see Libertarian SF) whose intellectual interactions with Ayn Rand from the 1930s on were mutually influential. Of her fiction, The Road of the Gods (1930) is a Lost Race novel set in Germany 2,000 years ago. [JC]

Monsters, Inc.

Animated film (2001). Walt Disney Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company), Pixar. Directed by Pete Docter, David Silverman and Lee Unkrich. Cast includes Steve Buscemi, James Coburn, Billy Crystal, Mary Gibbs and John Goodman. Written by Andrew Stanton and Daniel Gerson, based on a story by Docter, Jill Culton, Jeff Pidgeon and Ralph Eggleston. 88 minutes. Colour. / Why are all children scared of the door once the light is turned off at bedtime? Best known for producing anthropomorphic ...

Frith, Henry

(1840-1910) Irish-born civil engineer, translator and author, in England from early adulthood; mostly known for his translations from the French, at least six being of novels by Jules Verne, beginning with Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea (trans 1876). He is credited with a short story of sf interest, "The Balloon of the Future" (May 1885 Cassell's Family Magazine) (see Balloons), and an adaptation, which may be loose, of a tale by Lucien Biart (1829-1897), possibly (but not probably) ...

Code 46

Film (2003). The UK Film Council and BBC Films presents in association with United Artists a Revolution Films production. Directed by Michael Winterbottom. Written by Frank Cottrell Boyce. Cast includes Jeanne Balibar, Nabil Elouahabi, David Fahm, Togo Igawa, Shelley King, Natalie Mendoza, Samantha Morton, Archie Panjabi, Om Puri, Kerry Shale and Nina Wadia. Colour. 93 minutes. / An empath (see Empathy under ESP) investigating an Identity fraud conducts an unlawful love affair with a Clone ...

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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