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Barnes, Julian

(1946-    ) UK author who has published detective thrillers as by Dan Kavanagh; his most famous single novel remains Flaubert's Parrot (1984). He has written some Scientific Romances of interest. An abstractedness about the circumstances of the world (see Mainstream Writers of SF) attends Staring at the Sun (1986), which carries its protagonist from her birth in ...

DeChancie, John

(1946-    ) US author who worked in television in various capacities before beginning to publish sf with his Skyway Trilogy comprising Starrigger (1983), Red Limit Freeway (1984) and Paradox Alley (1986). Based on a truckers-in-space premise with some comic potential, the already crowded tale is complicated by Time Paradoxes, godlings and much more, all built around the search for a missing ...


The darker side of sf and fantasy has produced many inventive torture devices, such as the fantasticated apparatus in Edgar Allan Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum" (in The Gift, anth dated 1843 but 1842) and Franz Kafka's The Penal Colony (1919 chap; trans 1933). The torments of the Spanish Inquisition, as luridly imagined in Poe's story, are revisited in Patricia ...


Performance (2012). Written by August Schulenberg, directed by Heather Cohn, produced by Flux Theatre Ensemble, featuring Rachael Hip-Flores, David Ian Lee, Isaiah Tanenbaum, Nitya Vidyasagar, and Ken Glickfield. Scenic design by Will Lowry. Lighting by Kia Rogers. / DEINDE was an original play by August Schulenberg featuring the ideas and dangers possible in quantum computing (see Quantum Computers). The play premiered at the Secret ...

Cloning of Joanna May, The

UK tv miniseries (1991). Granada/ITV. Produced by Gub Neal. Directed by Philip Saville. Written by Ted Whitehead from The Cloning of Joanna May (1989) by Fay Weldon. Cast includes Helen Adie, Brian Cox, Laura Eddy, Emma Hardy, Patricia Hodge, Siri Neal (Bethany) and Billie Whitelaw (Mavis). 180 minutes. Colour. / Obsessive business tycoon Carl May (Cox) effectively Clones his wife Joanna (Hodge), then repudiates ...

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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