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Dernier Combat, Le

Film (1983; vt The Last Battle). Films du Loup. Directed by Luc Besson. Written by Besson, Jolivet. Cast includes Jean Bouise, Pierre Jolivet and Jean Reno. 92 minutes. Black and white. / Made by Besson (later one of the best-known French directors of his generation) when only 23, the arty but vigorous Le Dernier Combat is low-budget and photographed in black-and-white Cinemascope, and has no dialogue at all. A young man (Jolivet) in an unspeaking Ruined-Earth world – both the ...

Sender, The

Film (1982). Kingsmere Properties/Paramount. Directed by Roger Christian. Written by Thomas Baum. Cast includes Paul Freeman, Kathryn Harrold, Zeljko Ivanek and Shirley Knight. 91 minutes. Colour. / This modest melodrama, on the borderline between sf and Horror, tells of a hospitalized young man (Ivanek) whose Psi Powers of telepathic projection and Telekinesis cause major disruption. As in Videodrome of the same year, the dividing line between the real and the hallucinatory is invisible, ...

Spivey, Thomas Sawyer

(1857-1938) US author of two Lost Race novels: The Seven Sons of Ballyhack (1911) is set specifically before the Biblical Flood, where a number of doomed nations are described Satirically; and The Caverns of Crail (1912), set in a less fixed period, though long before identifiable nations exist, and mainly concerned with dynastic disputes. The Last of the Gnostic Masters (1926), which is self-published, deals in the occult. [JC]

Lalumière, Claude

(1966-    ) Canadian editor and author, who writes in English, beginning with "Bestial Acts" for Interzone in April 2002, and much of whose best work has been assembled in Objects of Worship (coll 2009); the most evocative of his stories evoke – often simultaneously, with the ruthless opportunism fortunately prevalent among younger writers of the twenty-first century – sf, fantasy and horror modes in powerfully Equipoisal running portraits of the contemporary ...

Smith, George H

(1922-1996) US author of much popular fiction and considerable sf, under his own name and several pseudonyms including books as Jan Hudson, Jerry Jason, Jan Smith, George Hudson Smith, Diana Summers (not sf), Hal Stryker and – mostly with his wife M Jane Deer – M J Deer. He began publishing sf with "The Last Spring" for Startling Stories in 1953, and became very active after about 1960, releasing his first sf novels – Satan's Daughter (1961) as by Jan Hudson, 1976 – Year ...

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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