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Wilkins, Lura M

(1879-1963) US author whose awkwardly mixed-genre "Over There": Chronicles of an English Engineer "Gone West" (1935) is presented as its author's stenographic recording of reminiscences of the horrors of World War One on the part of a British engineer. His narrative also describes his discovery of an Underground Utopia, whose entrance is on the dark side of the Moon, and which features advanced Technology and Telepathy; later the engineer visits a Near Future New York, and revels in the ...

Berry, Kevin

(1965-    ) New Zealand author, whose collaborations with his wife Diane Berry are jointly signed K D Berry. Their work together is fantasy. Teleport (2017) mildly engages with Telepathy. [JC]

Monkey Business

Film (1952). Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by Howard Hawks. Written by Ben Hecht, I A L Diamond, Charles Lederer. Cast includes Charles Coburn, Cary Grant, Hugh Marlowe, Marilyn Monroe and Ginger Rogers. 97 minutes. Black and white. / Made only a year after The Thing (though his direction of the latter was uncredited), Hawks's second sf film is one of the classic screwball comedies. Grant plays a staid Scientist working on slowing the ageing process. One of his laboratory apes ...

Grove, William

Pseudonym of Reginald Colebrooke Reade (1853-1891), UK architect, surveyor, school administrator and author of two novels of genre interest: A Mexican Mystery (1888) and its sequel, The Wreck of a World (1889). In the first volume, a brilliant Mexican engineer, descended from Montezuma, designs a self-feeding locomotive which, after his death, turns into a kind of Frankenstein Monster: malign; essentially indestructible; worshipped by savages in the deep mountains. (Hints that it/He is a kind ...

Hunter, Justin

(?   -    ) UK author of a Tie to the Warhammer universe (see Warhammer 40,000), Windhammer: Forged in Battle (2004), in which a small untried military unit gets tried by a force of "goblins" and other inimicals. [JC]

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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