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Sloane, William M

(1906-1974) US playwright, publisher and author whose interest in the occult was reflected in his sf novels, To Walk the Night (1937; rev 1954) and The Edge of Running Water (1939; vt The Unquiet Corpse 1956), both later assembled as The Rim of Morning (omni 1964); along with one story, "Let Nothing You Dismay" (in Stories for Tomorrow, anth 1954, ed Sloane), they are all the sf he wrote. To Walk the Night complexly combines horror and sf in its depiction of an Alien from another Dimension who ...

Lift, De

Film (1983; vt The Lift). Sigma Films. Directed by Dick Maas. Written by Mass; music by Maas. Cast includes Huub Stapel and Willeke Van Ammelrooy. 99 minutes. Colour. / This neat Dutch Horror film with an sf rationale, dubbed atrociously into English, tells of a homicidal lift (elevator) in a high-rise office building. The lift is controlled by an organic, living Computer (biochip), manufactured in Japan, which has run amuck and reprogrammed itself. The film belongs to the anti-Technology ...

Ayreon

Heavy-metal prog-rock band founded by Dutch musician Arjen Anthony Lucassen (1960-    ). The group's first album, The Final Experiment (1995) is a curious and rather lurid combination of Dark Age Arthuriana and futuristic apocalypse: scientists from the year 2084 send messages back in time (see Time Radio) to a fifth-century minstrel called Ayreon who then relays their doomy message in song. Actual Fantasy (1996) is not a concept album, although several of the songs are sf ...

Gatch, Tom Jr

Working name of Thomas Leigh Gatch (1925-1974), US West Point graduate, author, playwright and army reservist. His Alternate-History sf novel, King Julian (1954), depicts the USA as a monarchy – the Jonbar Point leading to this timeline being that when asked, George Washington did accept the crown of the Americas. In the novel's alternate present day, his descendants still rule. Gatch vanished during an attempted eastbound crossing of the Atlantic in a balloon assembly of his own ...

Adams, Alex

(?   -    ) New Zealand-born author, now in the US, whose first novel White Horse (2012) has a background of global Disaster with Horror in SF overtones. A Pandemic (see also Medicine) which proves to have been engineered by a US Mad Scientist precipitates a general collapse of civilization, accelerated by Chinese sabotage of the Internet and by a war involving Weather Control that brings near-continual rain. The DNA-targeted disease kills most and converts ...

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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