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Village, The

Film (2004). Touchstone Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company) presents a Blinding Edge Productions/Scott Rudin production. Written and directed by M Night Shyamalan. Cast includes Adrien Brody, Brendan Gleeson, Bryce Dallas Howard, William Hurt, Joaquin Phoenix and Sigourney Weaver. 103 minutes. Colour. / An enigmatic preindustrial community menaced by half-glimpsed Monsters haunting the surrounding woods is shocked by an attempted murder, prompting the victim's blind betrothed (Howard) to ...

Gibbons, Dave

Working name of prolific, award-winning UK Comic-strip artist David Chester Gibbons (1949-    ); using a bold, firm line style, he specializes in the Superhero genre. Born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, he trained as a surveyor and began his artistic career providing Illustrations and strips for fanzines. He turned professional in 1973, drawing The Wriggling Wrecker for the D C Thompson comic Wizard. Further strips with an sf flavour followed until, in 1975, he began work on ...

Black Friday

Film (1940; vt Friday the Thirteenth). Universal Pictures. Produced by Burt Kelly. Directed by Arthur Lubin. Written by Curt Siodmak (credited as Kurt Siodmak), Eric Taylor, and Edmund L Hartmann (uncredited). Cast includes Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi and Stanley Ridges. 70 minutes. Black and white. / Kindly Professor George Kingsley (Ridges) is shot in the head during an assassination attempt by mobster Eric Marnay (Lugosi). Realizing the only chance of saving Kingsley's life is by an ...

Rankin, Robert

(1949-    ) UK author who began writing his highly idiosyncratic sf novels with the Brentford sequence beginning with The Antipope (1981), The Brentford Triangle (1983) and East of Ealing (1984), these three assembled as The Brentford Trilogy (omni 1988); the final volume in the sequence, Retromancer (2009), is a spoof Hitler Wins Alternate History tale, set in New York and London and featuring its protagonist's ultimately successful attempts to create a better world (ours). ...

Merle, Robert

(1908-2004) Algerian-born French author, in France from 1918, recipient of the Prix Goncourt in 1949, known primarily for his work outside the sf field. His Un animal doué de raison (1967; trans Helen Weaver as The Day of the Dolphin 1969) is an ingenious examination of scientific and political ethics following the main character's breakthrough in Communication with dolphins, along the lines promulgated by John C Lilly (1915-2001), whose life and career inspired the tale. A film version, ...

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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