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Djanikian, Ariel

(?   -    ) US author who is of sf interest for her first novel, The Office of Mercy (2013), a Young Adult tale set in a moderately distant Near Future world, specifically in an Underground Keep called America-Five, a name from which the existence of other versions of America, beyond the traditional Pocket Universe-like constrictions here described, may be inferred. The protagonist, perhaps unsurprisingly, leaves her home, and soon experiences the Conceptual ...

Invasion of the Bee Girls

Film (1973). Centaur/Sequoia. Directed by Denis Sanders. Written by Nicholas Meyer. Cast includes René Bond, Anitra Ford, William Smith and Victoria Vetri. 85 minutes. Colour. / This softcore erotic movie – perhaps inspired by The Wasp Woman (1959) – has deservedly developed a minor cult reputation for the outrageousness of its tacky if typical exploitation premise, that Sex is death. A woman becomes a nymphomaniacal but sterile "queen bee", and conscripts housewives and ...

Woods, Margaret L

(1856-1945) UK poet and author, of some sf interest for The Invader (1907) a tale involving enforced Identity Transfer; the invading personality eventually destroys the tame protagonist through marriage-destroying wild behaviour. Come Unto These Yellow Sands (1915) is Fantasy. [JC]

Badger Books

The main imprint of John Spencer and Co, used by that firm on almost all their books from about the beginning of 1955 through 1967, when the imprint was terminated. John Spencer and Co. itself was founded in 1946, incorporated in 1956 and eventually dissolved in 1983; like several other UK firms (e.g., Curtis Warren), it specialized in the production of purpose-written paperback originals in various popular genres, though the early 1950s saw some emphasis on magazines (in small-Digest and ...

Hughes, Dorothy B

(1904-1993) US author of hard-edged, noirish detective novels, one of which, The Delicate Ape (1944), sets a plot involving international intrigue in a Near Future version of New York. [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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