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Reed, Douglas

(1895-1976) UK author, in South Africa from 1947, initially best known for controversial political/cultural studies like Insanity Fair (1938); the essays on World War Two assembled in All Our Tomorrows (coll 1942) culminate in a vision of Hermann Goering in 1979. In his sf novel, The Next Horizon (1945; vt Yeoman's Progress 1946), an Everyman figure and his family experience the twentieth century up to the end of the War, at which point they decide that Communism and Zionism were destroying ...

Cremators, The

Film (1972; vt Dune Rollers). Arista Productions Inc/New World Pictures. Produced by Roger Corman and Harry Essex. Directed by Harry Essex. Written by Essex based on "Dune Roller" (December 1951 Astounding) by Julian May, credited on screen as Judy Dikty. Cast includes Eric Allison, Mason Caulfield, Maria De Aragon and Marvin Howard. 75 minutes. Colour. / Prologue: a huge ball of fire falls from the sky into a large lake as a Native American watches from the shore; the fireball is an Alien ...

Grip [2]

Pseudonym of the unidentified UK author (?   -?   ) of The Monster Municipality, or Gog and Magog Reformed: A Dream (1882), a Dystopian prediction that socialist reforms will torture England in 1885; and How John Bull Lost London, or The Capture of the Channel Tunnel (1882), one of the earlier Future-War novels – if not the earliest – to warn against a tunnel connecting the UK to an aggressive France, whose initially successful Invasion here results in ...

Leonard, Raymond

(1941-    ) UK academic, poet and author whose first novel, OMEGA (1986), fairly belatedly depicts the fate of human civilization in the Near Future when a Computer (the acronym of the title) is put in charge. The Nostradamus Inheritance (1986), which is horror, lacks any links of interest to the historical Nostradamus; Legacy of the Shroud (1988) is a thriller involving Religion and recovered knowledge. [JC]

Webb, Philip

(1967-    ) UK author whose Young Adult sf novel Six Days (2011) is set in a Ruined-Earth London a century after the devastating Invasion of the Vlads (ie Russians), who are in search of the same mysterious "artefact" (see McGuffin) that the young protagonists' mysterious friends also need. These friends turn out to be Aliens, and the tale segues, perhaps rather rollickingly, into Space Opera. Where the Rock Splits the Sky (2014), something of a remix of the previous tale, ...

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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