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Serpent's Egg, The

Film (1977). Known in Germany as Das Schlangenei. Dino De Laurentiis Corporation/Rialto Film/Bavaria Film. Directed and written by Ingmar Bergman. Cast includes Heinz Bennent, David Carradine, Gert Fröbe, Liv Ullmann and James Whitmore. 119 minutes. Colour. / Ingmar Bergman's thirty-eighth film as director has generally been understood as a failed attempt to give an intimate portrait of Weimar Berlin in 1923, a place and a period he did not know and was unlikely to master. There are ...

Van Rjndt, Philippe

Pseudonym of Canadian author Oleg Michaelchuk (1950-    ), who also writes as by Philip Michaels. He is of sf interest for The Trial of Adolf Hitler (1978), an Alternate History tale with Hitler Wins implications, in which Hitler, who had escaped death in World War Two, is brought to trial a quarter of a century later, and reawakens all the old vileness. In Samaritan (1984), a Technothriller, an underlying concern of the previous tale is articulated through a USSR plot to ...

Deese, Isadora

(?   -    ) US author whose Young Adult Roan and Judge Gorey sequence beginning with Right of Capture (2016) is set in a Near Future world transmogrified – and our reality opened to other Dimensions – by a mysterious Power Source seemingly embedded, perhaps as a result of Genetic Engineering, into the persons of two antagonistic teenagers. An international corporation shows an inimical interest. A physicist who disdains the world is persuaded also ...

Mask of Fu Manchu, The

Film (1932). Cosmopolitan/MGM. Directed by Charles Brabin, Charles Vidor. Written by Irene Kuhn, Edgar Allen Woolf, John Willard, based on The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932) by Sax Rohmer. Cast includes Jean Hersholt, Boris Karloff, Myrna Loy, Karen Morley and Lewis Stone. 72 minutes, cut to 67 minutes. Black and white. / Rohmer's Oriental supervillain has since been brought to the screen many times (see Fu Manchu) but this first, visually lavish version, produced by Irving Thalberg, is the most ...

Connelly, J H

(1840-1903) US author, associated with works in the occult, though he wrote at least one Western. The first of the two tales assembled as Neila Sen and My Casual Death (coll 1890) is sf, featuring an Invention which projects sounds via light; The Crystal's Secret (1892) is an sf story again involving an aspect of light: images of a murder are trapped in an ice crystal. [JC]

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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