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Wagner, Z M

(?   -    ) US author of an sf Satire, One Nation Under George (2005), set in a very Near Future America (2004-2008) responding, under the leadership of George W Bush, to the post 9/11 world in terms of a (to outsiders) surreal exceptionalism. As with most satires of American Politics, reality outstripped the jokes. [JC]

Butler, Jack

(1944-    ) US author and college teacher, much of whose fiction – like his first novel, Jujitsu for Christ (1986) – has dealt in non-fantastic terms with his native US South, though always with a sometimes gonzo sense that the envelope of mimesis must be pushed to capture his native territory. In this he is similar to southern regionalists such as Fred Chappell and Donald Harington, but is more inclined to opt for sf effects, as in his second novel, Nightshade ...

Ross, Charles

(1864-1930) UK soldier and author who reached the rank of Major-General during the First World War; after publishing considerable nonfiction on military materials, he released several novels after his retirement. Of sf interest is The Fly-by-Nights (1921), depicting a Near Future teetotal Britain threatened by the illegal importation of Drugs and liquor by Communists flying advanced Airships; When the Devil Was Sick (1924) is a horror tale about abysses of evil lurking far Underground (in a ...

Cyclops, The

Film (1957). B&H Productions/Allied Artists Pictures. Produced and directed by Bert I Gordon. Written by Gordon. Staring Gloria Talbott, James Craig, Tom Drake, Lon Chaney, Duncan "Dean" Parkin. Special make-up by Jack Young. Voice effects by Paul Frees. 66 minutes. Black and white. / Susan Winters (Talbott) is determined to find her fiancé, Bruce Barton, who vanished in Mexico while prospecting for uranium some six months before the film starts. Promising any uranium they find ...

Forster, E M

(1879-1970) UK author, perhaps best known for the last two novels published in his lifetime, Howards End (1910) and A Passage to India (1924). The Celestial Omnibus, and Other Stories (coll 1911) assembles several fantasies of interest, usually driven by the presence of deities like Pan or Hermes, fatally etiolated after the Edwardian fashion, though in fact the title novelette,"The Celestial Omnibus" (January 1908 Albany Review), is itself a less demure example of pre-War Fantastika than it ...

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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