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Binet, Laurent

(1972-    ) French teacher and author whose earlier work tends to employ metafictional devices, interweaving "nonfictional" modes of historical apprehension and surreal narrative techniques (see Absurdist SF; Fabulation). His first work of interest, Forces et faiblesses de nos muqueuses ["Strengths and Weaknesses of Our Mucus Membranes"] (2000), is an estranged and modestly fictionalized disquisition on the experience of being human; HHhH (2010; trans Sam Taylor 2012) ...

Phillips, Michael J

(1879-1926) US soldier and author, active contributor of fiction to magazines from 1903 to around 1926; in his Future War tale, In Our Country's Service (1909), the war of 1938 between an augmented America – Canada having been "annexed" in 1928 – and a powerful Japan (see Yellow Peril) ends in the latter's swift defeat, due to the protagonist's feats of espionage. In "The Unborn Element" (23 June 1926 Adventure), a death Ray helps turn the tables in another war. [JC]

Morris, Jonathan

(1973-    ) UK author involved in the Doctor Who universe, for which he has written two Ties: Doctor Who: Festival of Death (2000) and Doctor Who: Anachrophobia (2002), the latter an intricate tale threatening to engage deeply in Time Paradoxes and Time Out of Sequence tropes. [JC]

Naked Jungle, The

Film (1953). Paramount. Directed by Byron Haskin. Produced by George Pal. Written by Philip Yordan and Franz Bachelin, based on the story "Leiningen Versus the Ants" (1937 as "Leiningens Kampf mit den Ameisen"; trans December 1938 Esquire) by Carl Stephenson. Cast includes William Conrad, Charlton Heston and Eleanor Parker. 95 minutes. Colour. / This film is not strictly sf, though it does follow the basic Monster-Movie formula and is made by the team – George Pal and Byron Haskin ...

Evans, E Everett

(1893-1958) US sf fan and author, who began to publish relatively late in life, his first story of genre interest being "Perfection" for The Vortex #2 in 1947, and who had mixed success, though there is no doubt of the affection in which other Californian sf writers and fans held him, as evinced in the many tributes to him – from writers such as E E "Doc" Smith and A E van Vogt – that were included in a compilation of his macabre fantasy stories, Food for Demons: The E Everett Evans ...

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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