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Dakron, Ron

Pseudonym of US poet and author Ronald J Christoffel (1953-    ). His novel Hammers (1997) describes in a somewhat gonzo literary style the transformation of five characters into hammerhead sharks (see Biology). The novella Mantids (2008) is a darkly humorous updating of Petronius's Satyricon. [JC/SH]

Fisher, Vardis

(1895-1968) US author, raised in a Mormon family; his best-known single novel, Children of God (1939), is about the Mormons. His Testament of Man sequence covers the whole of human history, extending into many volumes the basic strategy which shapes several novels by F Britten Austin, the six volumes of Johannes V Jensen's The Long Journey (1922-1924) and other early-twentieth-century celebrations of the drama of Evolution. Of sf interest in the Testament are the first five titles, which are ...

Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul

Japanese animated film (2020); original title Made in Abyss: Fukaki Tamashii no Reimei. Kinema Citrus. Based on the Manga by Akihito Tsukushi. Director: Masayuki Kojima. Writers: Hideyuki Kurata. Voice cast includes Shiori Izawa, Mariya Ise, Minase, Toshiyuki Morikawa and Miyu Tomita. 105 minutes. Colour. / A continuation of the television series Made in Abyss (2017), following the adventures of Riko (Tomita), a human girl; Robot boy Reg (Ise); and former human, Nanachi (Izawa), the latter ...

Dubina, Peter

(1940-1990) Czech-born author, in Germany after 1945, who also wrote as by R F Garner and Joh Kirby, concentrating on Westerns for most of his career; of sf interest is Eintscheidung im Weltraum (1973; trans Patricia Crampton as Decision in Space 1976), in which three human Scientists are abducted by a UFO and tricked into believing in the literal reality of their experiences on another planet, where one of them behaves shamefully, risking the genocide of the indigenous population, but is ...

Back to the Future Part III

Film (1989). Credits as for Part II, but also starring Mary Steenburgen. 119 minutes. Colour. / The final sequel to Back to the Future (1985). Made with Back to the Future Part II and released soon after, this is a hammy but enjoyable resolution of the Time Travel story. Where Part II emphasizes change and darkness, this emphasizes continuity and reconciliation. Marty digs the damaged Time Machine out of a cave where it was buried in the past by Dr Brown, who is "now" stranded in the Wild ...

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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