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Creature from the Black Lagoon, The

Film (1954). Universal. Directed by Jack Arnold. Written by Harry Essex, Arthur Ross, from a story by Maurice Zimm. Cast includes Julia Adams, Ricou Browning (uncredited), Richard Carlson and Richard Denning. 79 minutes. Black and white. 3-D. / A humanoid creature with gills successfully resists attempts by three scientists – attracted to the area by the discovery of a fossilized hand with fins – to take him from his native lagoon in the upper Amazon. One (Denning) is ready to ...

Lloyd-Jones, Robin

(1934-    ) UK author, much of whose work, both nonfiction and fiction, is set in the Arctic; his novel of sf interest, The Dreamhouse (1985), set in a surreal Alaska, combines Steampunk and Gaslight Romance [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] in a narrative set mostly Underground, in a vast network of goldmining tunnels that comprise a counter-world to the life above. [JC]

Tang Fei

(1983-    ) Chinese author and photographer, Beijing-based, whose work seemingly sprang into the Anglophone sphere fully-formed, although her biography hints at earlier stories under other pseudonyms in multiple venues, including fantasy and Wuxia publications. She is also an occasional critic for the Jinji Guancha-bao ("Economic Observer"), a role that has imbued her with a cynical sense of distance towards her own work, as if she is already appraising it with the sharp and ...

King, Maggie Shen

(?   -    ) Taiwan-born author, in USA from the age of sixteen, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Ball and Chain" in Asimov's for February 2014. This story is essentially the first chapter of her first novel, An Excess Male (2017), set in a Near Future Dystopian China, whose genuine historical One-Child attempts to control Overpopulation are here extrapolated into the kind of nightmare that those unfriendly to such "initiatives" have described ...

Zinos-Amaro, Alvaro

(1979-    ) Spanish editor and author, in US after around 2003; he began to publish work of sf interest with "Problems of the Solid State" in Farrago's Wainscot for January 2009, and has since also been active as critic, with pieces appearing in New York Review of Science Fiction, Strange Horizons and elsewhere. His Traveler of Worlds: Conversations with Robert Silverberg (2016) with Robert Silverberg is useful, animated, learned. [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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