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Levitin, Sonia

(1934-    ) German-born teacher and author, in the US from 1938 (though many members of her family died in the Final Solution), much of whose work is designed for younger children, and many of whose Young Adult novels are nonfantastic. Those of sf interest include The Cure (1999), set in the twenty-fifth century, a Utopian world which punishes excessively deviant behaviour by giving nonconformists, via a kind of remote-controlled Timeslip, the experience of being Jewish in ...

Silent History, The

App (2012) and novel (2014). Written by Eli Horowitz, Kevin Moffett, Matthew Derby. App development: Russell Quinn. / In a recognizable near-present (identified in both formats as commencing in 2011), a generation of Children are born lacking any facility for speech or, by extension, Communication of any kind. Initially sporadic accounts of their intrusion into society gradually give way to an increasingly Dystopian portrait of a subculture comprising the Silent "phasic-resistant" children ...

Winsor, Frederick

(1900-1958) US architect, anthologist and poet, the main author of The White House at Pooh Corner (performed 1938; 1938 chap) with Richard H Field, a mildly Satirical spoof play in verse on Politics in the years approaching World War Two. He is best known for the witty sf Parody Poetry assembled as The Space Child's Mother Goose (coll 1958 chap), the most sustained poem being a version of "This is the House that Jack Built" in which Cybernetics is evoked to demolish what looks very much like an ...

Eden Log

Film (2007). Studio Impéria Films/Bac Films. Directed by Franck Vestiel. Written by Vestiel and Pierre Bordage. Cast includes Clovis Cornillac and Vimala Pons. 97 minutes. Colour. / A confused and confusing puzzle picture in which a man (Cornillac) has to learn the world before destroying it. After waking in a cave with Amnesia, he struggles his way to a seemingly abandoned subterranean facility (see Underground). Holographic talking heads make it clear that he is entering a literal ...

High Treason

Film (1929). Gaumont. Directed by Maurice Elvey. Written by L'Estrange Fawcett, based on a play by Noel Pemberton-Billing. Cast includes James Carew, Basil Gill, Benita Hume and Jameson Thomas. 95 minutes, cut to 69 minutes. Black and white. / This forgotten curiosity, one of the earliest UK sound movies, was quite a big film in its day, when it was seen as a kind of English Metropolis (1926) – a comparison that does not for an instant hold water. Set in the world of 1940 (a Channel ...

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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