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Mason, Edith Huntington

(1881-?   ) US author of the marginally Near Future The Great Plan (1913), in which a rich young American woman establishes a Utopian enclave on the banks of the Rhine in Germany, with the intention of upraising German women to a status equal to men (see Feminism); but romance intervenes. [JC]

Acid Mothers Temple

Prolific Japanese space-rock band who released over fifty albums under various names in their first decade, and who specialize in prolonged shambolic improvised jam-session music. Albums include Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. (1997), 41st Century Splendid Man (2002), Univers Zen, ou de zéro à zéro (2002) and Hypnotic Liquid Machine from the Golden Utopia (2004); but although there is sf content in all these it is difficult to separate it out from the ...

Lee, Tanith

(1947-2015) UK author whose married name since 1992 was Tanith Lee Kaiine, though she continued to write under her own name; she began to publish work of genre interest with "Eustace" in The Ninth Pan Book of Horror Stories (anth 1968) edited by Herbert van Thal. Her first books were fantasies for children, beginning with The Dragon Hoard (1971); and then, beginning with The Birthgrave (1975), she focused primarily on Science Fantasy and pure fantasy for adults, often set in Planetary Romance ...

Heming, Jack

(1899-1987) UK author of a Lost Race tale, The Lost World of the Colorado (1940), whose young protagonists discover, on a high plateau, Monsters who display a weird caprice of Evolution: each of them combining the features of two real species. [JC]

Def-Con 4

Film (1985). Salter Street International Films/New World Pictures. Produced by Michael Donovan, Paul Donovan, and Maura O'Connell. Directed by Paul Donovan and Tony Randel (uncredited). Written by Paul Donovan. Cast includes Maury Chaykin, Tim Choate, Kevin King, Kate Lynch, John Walsch and Lenore Zann. 88 minutes. Colour. / Set in the Near Future, this film features a Space Station armed with nuclear missiles, controlled by the North American Aerospace Command and crewed by astronauts Howe ...

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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