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Young, Moira

(1959-    ) Canadian singer, actor and author, moderately active in the 1970s as writer and actor; in the UK for some years. She is of sf interest for the Dust Lands sequence beginning with the Young Adult Blood Red Road (2011), set in a distant Far Future Ruined Earth venue, the action moving from badlands typical of the sf ...

Trancers

Film (1984; vt Future Cop). Lexyn/Empire. Produced and directed by Charles Band. Written by Danny Bilson, Paul DeMeo. Cast includes Helen Hunt, Michael Stefani and Tim Thomerson. 76 minutes. Colour. / Band apparently learned from his early, mostly bad movies, for this small film is confident, stylish sf. Future cop Jack Deth (Thomerson) travels back from 2247 CE to present-day Los Angeles in search of dangerous mystic Whistler (Stefani), who ...

Hancock, Anson Uriel

(1856-1895) US author whose Coitlan: A Tale of the Inca World (1893) describes an Incan civilization in Peru at the time of the Spanish conquest; their fate is intertwined with that of a doomed race of tiny humanoids with tails (see Apes as Human; Lost Race). Coitlan is a princess. [JC]

Iconoclasm

An essential part of sf is change; indeed it may be said that the belief that the circumstances of human life were bound to keep on changing provided the most powerful stimulus for the creation of the genre. Nevertheless, it is obvious from experience that all changes, technical or social, encounter resistance ranging from the perfunctory to the desperate, as a result of human inertia. Much sf, then, is concerned with the nature of that resistance, its unexpected force, the most efficacious ...

Destination Moon

Film (1950). A George Pal Production/Eagle-Lion. Directed by Irving Pichel. Written by Robert A Heinlein, Alford "Rip" Van Ronkel, James O'Hanlon, based loosely on Rocket Ship Galileo (1947) by Heinlein. Cast includes Warner Anderson, John Archer, Tom Powers and Dick Wesson. 92 minutes. Colour. / Destination Moon, the first of George Pal's many sf productions, ...

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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