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Jetée, La

French film (1962; vt The Jetty; vt The Pier). Argos/Arcturus Films. Produced, written and directed by Chris Marker. Cast includes Hélène Chatelain, Davos Hanich, Jacques Ledoux and with voice-over narration by Jean Negroni. 29 minutes. Black and white. / La Jetée was made in 1962 and was soon widely seen on the festival circuit, winning awards before its notional April 1964 release ...

Invisible Man vs. The Human Fly, The

Japanese film (1957). Original title Tōmei Ningen to Hae Otoko. Daiei Film. Directed by Mitsuo Murayama. Written by Hajime Takaiwa. Cast includes Ichirō Izawa, Junko Kano, Yoshiro Kitahara, Shozo Nanbu, Ryuji Shinagawa and Chujo Shizuo. 96 minutes. Black and white. / Detective Wakabayashi (Kitahara) is interviewing Professor Hayakawa (Nanbu) (see Scientists) about the stabbing of a fellow passenger on a flight, ...

Warren, Chad

(?   -    ) UK author of Alien Heaven (1976), a Space Opera for Robert Hale Limited in which two refugees from an Earth afflicted with Overpopulation find happiness on another, far-off world. [JC]

Caunter, C F

(1899-1988) UK aviator (he was a pilot with the Royal Air force in World War One), scholar and author of popular engineering texts from 1920; he also worked as an electrical engineer. The distressed protagonist of his one published sf novel, Madness Opens the Door (1932), is taken via Matter Transmitter first to the Moon and thence through interstellar space to an entirely new ...

Ogawa Yōko

(1962-    ) Japanese author, active from the late 1980s. Of her prolific output, the 1990 title story of The Diving Pool: Three Novellas (coll trans Stephen Snyder from various sources 2008) won the Shirley Jackson Award for 2008. She is of sf interest for Hisoyaka na kesshō (1994; trans Stephen Snyder as The Memory Police 2019), a somewhat abstract but intensely narrated Dystopian tale set in ...

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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