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Hughes, Dorothy B

(1904-1993) US author of hard-edged, noirish detective novels, one of which, The Delicate Ape (1944), sets a plot involving international intrigue in a Near Future version of New York. [JC]

Halidom, M Y

Main pseudonym of the UK businessman and author only identified in 2005 as Alexander Huth (1838-1914), who also wrote as Dryasdust, under which name he is perhaps best known for the first version of Tales of the Wonder Club (coll 1899-1900 3vols; each vol subsequently published as by Halidom, vt Tales of the Wonder Club: New and Revised Edition 1903; Tales of the Wonder Club: Second Series: New and Revised Edition 1904; Tales of the Wonder Club: Third Series: New and Revised Edition 1905). Most ...

Swerling, Anthony

(1944-2004) UK author of The Cambridge Plague: An Illustrated Fantasia on the Social and Sexual Climate Generated by the Descent of the Plague on a Cambridge of the Future (1971), a Near Future Satire, heavily illustrated by the author, whose premise is amply expounded in its subtitle. [JC]

Frankenstein 1970

Film (1958; vt Frankenstein 1975). Aubrey Schenck Productions/Allied Artists. Produced by Aubrey Schenck. Directed by Howard W Koch. Written by Richard Landau and George Worthing Yates from a story by Charles A Moses and Schenck loosely based on Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus (1811; rev 1831) by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, not credited. Cast includes Charlotte Austin, Donald Barry, Tom Duggan, Boris Karloff, Mike Lane and Jana Lund. 83 minutes. Black and white. / Baron Victor von ...

James, Donald

Working name of UK scriptwriter and author Donald James Wheal (1931-2008), who also wrote as James Barwick and Thomas Dresden. His work as a scriptwriter for Television series began about 1964; of sf interest were scripts for programmes like Space: 1999, and for individual films like Gerry Anderson's Doppelganger (1999). His first novel of sf interest, The Fall of the Russian Empire (1982), is a Near Future thriller about the end of the USSR; the Inspector Vadim sequence, comprising Monstrum ...

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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