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Brown, Eric

(1960-2023) UK author who began publishing sf – after a children's play, Noel's Ark (1982 chap) – with "Krash-Bangg Joe and the Pineal-Zen Equation" for Interzone in Autumn 1987; like several further tales assembled in The Time-Lapsed Man and Other Stories (coll 1990), it is set in a future world dominated by the effects of bio-engineering and dense with information. This marriage of Cordwainer ...

Sarabande, William

Pseudonym of US author Joan Lesley Hamilton Cline (1942-    ), whose first novel, The Lion and the Cross (1979) under her own name, is an historical fantasy about St Patrick. She is of sf interest for the Prehistoric-SF First Americans series beginning with The First Americans: Beyond the Sea of Ice (1987) and ending with The First Americans #11: Spirit Moon (2000); the tales are set in a ...

Lawrence, James Cooper

(1890-1932) US industrialist and author of The Year of Regeneration: An Improbable Fiction (1932), in which a man living in 1983 recounts the technological Inventions and Political innovations – perhaps uncomfortably fascist in their implications for current readers – that brought the world out of depression and into a state approaching Utopia. [JC]

Clifford, Sarah

(1916-1976) Polish-born author in US from 1936 or earlier (naturalized 1943); author of the routine sf novel, Adam and His Women (1972) (see Adam and Eve). [JC]


Film (2019). Warner Bros Pictures in association with DC Films, Joint Effort, Bron Creative and Village Roadshow Pictures. Directed by Todd Phillips. Written by Phillips and Scott Silver. Cast includes Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Robert De Niro and Joaquin Phoenix. 122 minutes. Colour. / This origin story for Batman's most famous nemesis (see Villains), which is technically nonfantastic, is included here for ...

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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