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Gothic SF

In current usage a "Gothic" is a romantic novel with a strong element of the mysterious or the supernatural which usually features the persecution of a woman in an isolated locale; but this restricted and specialized use of the word, and the marketing category associated with it, have little to do with most sf. The term "Gothic" entered the English language as a descriptive term for a particular kind of story with the publication of The Castle of Otranto: A Gothic Story (1764) by ...

Guthrie, Kenneth Sylvan

(1871-1940) Scottish-born Episcopalian priest, academic, teacher, translator and author, in US from 1913. His sf novel, A Romance of Two Centuries: A Tale of the Year 2025 (1919), takes its Sleeper Awakes protagonist from World War One, where he has been infected with sleeping sickness, to the year 2025, where he is partially cured of his illness, finds himself the heir to a huge but disputed fortune, and ...

Terrorvision

Film (1986). Altar/Empire. Executive producer Charles Band. Directed by Ted Nicolaou. Written by Nicolaou. Cast includes Chad Allen, Diane Franklin, Gerrit Graham, Jonathan Gries and Mary Woronov. 83 minutes. Colour. / This lurid exploitation-movie-cum-satire has good moments. A hungry Alien beast first appears on the television screen, then materializes in the house, of wife-swapping vulgarians, a ...

Aldridge, Alan

(1943-2017) UK artist and author, active from about 1963, initially as an illustrator for The Sunday Times Magazine. He created a number of striking sf covers in his distinctive quasi-psychedelic airbrushed style for Penguin Books, first as a freelance and then as Penguin's art director from 1965 to 1968, when he moved on to his own graphic design company INK. Aldridge's most prolific year at Penguin was 1967, with memorable cover art for J G Ballard's ...

Spencer, D A

(?   -?   ) UK illustrator and author in whose Near Future sf Satire, North Sea Monster: A Novel the Action of Which Commences Next August (1934) with W Randerson, an Island appears in the North Sea. The monstrousness of the island, for those who come upon it, lies in its topological resemblance to the head and torso of a naked woman, including explicit breasts. ...

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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