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The use of drugs, both real and imaginary, is a common theme in sf, notably in Cyberpunk. The topic is discussed in some detail under Perception, and a little under New Wave and Psychology. Film and television treatments of the theme include Altered States (1980), Doomwatch (1970-1972), Liquid Sky (1982) and THX 1138 (1971). A small selection of the many sf authors who have used drug themes is: Brian W Aldiss, Ralph Blum, Karin Boye, William S Burroughs, Don DeLillo, Philip K Dick, Charles ...

Miller, William Amos

(circa 1875-?   ) UK-born author, in USA from childhood, who briefly describes his experience of being both blind and deaf in the preface to his Utopia, The Sovereign Guide: A Tale of Eden (1898), whose San Francisco-based protagonist, on a visit to Rome, is taken by an angel to a magnet-powered submarine which conducts him downwards into the Hollow Earth. Here he discovers a land called Eden boasting high Technology, vegetarianism, placid class distinctions, and several pacific ...

Neville, Kris

(1925-1980) US author – mostly of fiction – who worked for many years as a technical writer specializing in plastics technology, and through his connection with the Epoxylite Corporation co-authored several texts on epoxy resins. He began publishing sf with "The Hand from the Stars" (July 1949 Super Science Stories), and for several years was a prolific contributor to The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and other magazines; he wrote some fantasy as by Henderson Starke. His ...

Guha, Anton-Andreas

(1937-2010) German journalist and author whose sf novel, Ende: Tagebuch aus dem Dritten Weltkrieg (1983; trans Fred Taylor as Ende: A Diary of the Third World War 1986), provides, as its title indicates, a Near Future vision of the terminal horrors of World War Three as the End of the World approaches Germany; the tale is told from an intensely convinced pacifist perspective. [JC]

Lift, De

Film (1983; vt The Lift). Sigma Films. Directed by Dick Maas. Written by Mass; music by Maas. Cast includes Huub Stapel and Willeke Van Ammelrooy. 99 minutes. Colour. / This neat Dutch Horror film with an sf rationale, dubbed atrociously into English, tells of a homicidal lift (elevator) in a high-rise office building. The lift is controlled by an organic, living Computer (biochip), manufactured in Japan, which has run amuck and reprogrammed itself. The film belongs to the anti-Technology ...

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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