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Drummond, June

(1923-2011) South African author, in London for several years in the 1950s. She wrote almost exclusively detective novels and Regency romances; one of the former, The Gantry Episode (1968; vt Murder on a Bad Trip 1968), edges into sf in its investigation of the planting of the Drug LSD in a reservoir and of the effects thereof. [JC/DRL] see also: Urban Legends. /

Great and Small

One of the commonest fantastic devices in literature and legend is the alteration of scale. Mythology and folklore abound with giants and miniature humans, and different perspectives dependent upon changes of scale are central to many of the Satires recognized today as works of Proto SF, most notably Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726; rev 1735) ...

Costello, Matthew J

(1948-    ) US author, almost exclusively of fantasy and horror, under his own name, which is sometimes given as Matt Costello, and as by Chris Blaine and Shane Christopher; he began publishing fiction of genre interest with Sleep Tight (1987), a rather mild-mannered horror novel for Young Adult readers, and has continued in this vein prolifically. Of sf interest is the Time Warrior sequence beginning with ...

Independence Day

Film (1996). Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation presents a Centropolis Entertainment production. Directed by Roland Emmerich. Written by Emmerich, Dean Devlin. Cast includes Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch, Mary McDonnel, Bill Pullman, Randy Quaid and Will Smith. 145 minutes (special edition 153). Colour. / A vast Alien Spaceship enters Earth's orbit on the morning of 2 July. Within hours a ...

Fungies!, The

US animated tv series (2020-current). Cartoon Network Studios. Created by Stephen P Neary. Supervising Director Nick Edwards. Writers include Jonathan Feria-Moreno, Mark Galez, Stephen P Neary and Kyle Neswald. Voice cast includes Tama Brutsche, Jennifer Coolidge, Stephen P Neary and Harry Teitelman. 40 eleven-minute episodes. Colour. / The show is set during the age of the Dinosaurs and concerns a civilization of fungus people who are vaguely humanoid ...

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 ...

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