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MacKaye, Harold Steele

(1866-1928) French-born lawyer and author, in US from infancy, son of the playwright and theatrical impresario Steele MacKaye (1842-1894) and brother of the author Percy MacKaye (1875-1956). Of sf interest is his novel, The Panchronicon (1904), a Time-Travel story whimsically condescending about its provincial protagonists and their travels to the sixteenth century in a Time Machine left by a traveller from the twenty-sixth century, who had died of injuries and pneumonia. The machine operates ...

Daly, Wally K

(1940-2020) UK actor, playwright, mostly for Radio from the mid-1970s, and author. Several of his 38 radio plays are sf, including a BBC Radio 4 trilogy comprising Before the Screaming Begins (1978), The Silent Scream (1979) and With a Whimper to the Grave (1984). A novel of sf interest is a Doctor Who tie, Doctor Who: The Missing Episodes: The Ultimate Evil (1989). This was based on scripts originally written for the programme's aborted 1985-1986 season. [JC/GS/DRL]

Hickey, T Earl

(?   -    ) US author of The Time Chariot (1966), a modestly told Time Travel/Time Machine tale whose protagonist changes little, suffers little, but sees a reasonable amount; there is a romance element. [JC]


Film (2007). DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures in association with Hasbro present a Di Bonaventura Pictures production. Directed by Michael Bay. Written by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman. Cast includes Josh Duhamel, Megan Fox, Tyrese Gibson, Shia LaBoeuf, Rachael Taylor, John Turturro and Jon Voight. 144 minutes. Colour. / A teenager's coming-of-age first car turns out to be part of a secret team of Shapeshifting sentient Robots whose home planet's war has followed them to Earth; ...

Palm Springs

Film (2020). Limelight Productions in association with The Lonely Island, Sun Entertainment. Directed by Max Barbakow. Written by Andy Siara. Cast includes Cristin Milioti, Andy Samberg and J K Simmons. 90 minutes. Colour. / In Palm Springs, California, Sarah (Milioti) attends her sister's wedding. Her flirtation with a sardonic, Hawaiian-shirted guest named Nyles (Samberg) is disrupted when a masked assailant (Simmons) shoots Nyles with a bow. In the resulting chaos, Sarah follows the ...

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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