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MacDonell, A G

(1895-1941) India-born Scottish author who began his career as author with a series of thrillers as Neil Gordon; one of these, The Professor's Poison (1928), was sf, featuring the Invention of a new Weapon capable of gassing whole armies. From 1933, MacDonell wrote under his own name. In Lords and Masters (1936) an industrial struggle between traditional steel manufacturers and the developers of a new metal escalates into a full-blown Future War involving the whole of Europe; by novel's end, a ...

Bedford, K A

(1963-    ) Australian author whose sf novel, Orbital Burn (2003), complexly depicts an undead female detective (she is kept alive by Nanotechnology after a hacker has infected her biosystems) who is urged by a talking dog on the colony planet Kestrel to trace his master, an Android lad behind whose fabrication by Aliens lie secrets sufficient to save (or destroy) the planet. The tone of the book hovers between Cyberpunk and latterday M John Harrison. Eclipse (2006), which ...

Flammarion, Camille

(1842-1925) French astronomer and author, author of at least seventy books, one of the first major popularizers of Astronomy; he took great delight in the flights of imagination to which his studies in Cosmology inspired him. In 1858, the year he entered the Paris Observatory as a student, he wrote an unpublished scientific romance, «Voyage extatique aux régions lunaires, correspondence d'un philosophe adolescent». His two major fascinations were the possibilities of Life on ...

Escape from New York

Film (1981). Avco Embassy/International Film Investors/Goldcrest. Directed by John Carpenter. Produced by Larry Franco and Debra Hill. Written by Carpenter, Nick Castle. Cast includes Adrienne Barbeau, Ernest Borgnine, Isaac Hayes, Donald Pleasence, Kurt Russell, Harry Dean Stanton and Lee Van Cleef. 99 minutes. Colour. / The idea is wonderful. In 1997 the whole of Manhattan Island (see New York) is a Prison colony, surrounded by minefields and unscalable walls and inhabited by criminal ...

Claretie, Jules

(1840-1913) French theatre director, drama critic and author, prolific as novelist and playwright; of sf interest is L'Obsession (Moi et l'Autre) (1908; trans Brian Stableford as Obsession 2013), whose protagonist's Identity is split in two, the divided personalities distinct along lines most vividly demarcated in Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886) (see Doppelgangers). A Mad Scientist offers to cure him through his Invention of a mind-reading device (see ...

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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