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Phantom Empire, The

Serial Film (1935; vt Gene Autry and the Phantom Empire); non-serial version as Radio Ranch (1940; vt Men with Steel Faces). Mascot Pictures. Directed by Otto Brower and Breezy Easton. Written by Gerald Geraghty, H Freedman and Wallace MacDonald, very loosely based on The Coming Race (1871) by Edward Bulwer Lytton. Cast includes Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Dorothy Christy, Frankie Darro, J Frank Glendon, Wheeler Oakman and Betsy King Ross. Serial release 12 episodes, total 245 minutes; theatre ...

Johnson, Micaiah

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel, The Space Between Worlds (2020), is set mainly on Earth Zero, with which 380 Parallel Worlds interact complexly, generating a full Multiverse (see Communication). A central "Institute" controls those humans who can travel to those worlds, only possible where the traveller's Doppelganger in the new world is dead. The protagonist Cara, a huge number of whose semblances are dead, travels widely, and discovers engines of ...

Tayler, J Lionel

(1874-1930) UK medical doctor, teacher, minister and author whose remarkable Future History, The Last of My Race: A Dream of the Future (1924), has perhaps suffered through its being structured as a dream. Without its debilitating conclusion, the narrative reads as a worthy precursor of the cosmic histories soon to be composed by Olaf Stapledon. After awakening from Suspended Animation (see Sleeper Awakes), the twentieth-century narrator finds himself, three hundred millennia hence, in a world ...

Richmond, Leigh

(1911-1995) US author who began publishing with Prologue to an Analogue (June 1961 Analog; 2009 ebook). Her further stories and her several sf novels were mostly written and published in collaboration with her husband, Walt Richmond; three novels were revised by her after his death. Almost all their work together expressed a sense – one formally presented by the Centric Foundation which they founded and directed – that scientific breakthroughs could be made by young minds freed of ...

Only Lovers Left Alive

Film (2013). Recorded Picture Company,/Pandora Filmproduktion,/Snow Wolf Produktion. Directed by Jim Jarmusch. Written by Jim Jarmusch. Cast includes Tom Hiddleston, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton and Mia Wasikowska. 123 minutes. Colour. / The protagonists' names, Adam and Eve, augur ill. Adam (Hiddleston) and Eve (Swinton) are Vampire lovers who have enjoyed a sophisticated but intermittent intimacy for centuries Immortality, and are now having to face the Dystopian world of the twenty-first ...

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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