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Muller, Julius W

(1867-1930) US author, probably born George Washington Muller. His lightly fictionalized Future War text, The Invasion of America: A Fact Story Based on the Inexorable Mathematics of War (1916), describes a successful Near Future Invasion of America by a European coalition dominated by Germany. [JC]

Tenkū no shiro Laputa

Japanese animated film (1986; vt Laputa: Castle in the Sky; Castle in the Sky; Laputa: The Flying Island). Studio Ghibli. Directed and written by Hayao Miyazaki. Voice cast includes Kotoe Hatsui, Mayumi Tanaka, Minori Terada and Keiko Yokozawa. 126 minutes. Colour. / This film is inspired by the flying Island of Laputa in Jonathan Swift's ...

Newton, W Douglas

Working name of Irish author Wilfrid Bernard Michael Newton (1884-1951), active from around 1907 in British magazines, where he published a wide variety of fiction including the occult, the supernatural, thrillers and sf; he also wrote as by Bernard Birmingham, W N Douglas, John Halstead, John How and Ian Irons. His first sf novels are set in the Near Future, and speculate upon the possibility of Invasion and ...

Day, Langston

(1894-1977) UK author whose Magic Casements (coll 1951) assembles mythological fantasies, and whose The Deep Blue Ice (1960) features the experiences of a Victorian mountaineer who is frozen in ice for half a century, and on revival (see Sleeper Awakes) must face the present day. He also became involved with George de la Warr's "radionics" researches and co-authored ...

Schoenherr, John

(1935-2010) US illustrator, today best known for his animal illustration, who was regarded by some critics as the finest sf artist of his generation. Born in New York City, Schoenherr studied at the Art Students League of New York and the Pratt Institute. He made his sf-Illustration debut in Amazing in 1956. His genre work appeared primarily in Astounding/Analog (including 75 ...

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 ...

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