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Masson, David I

(1915-2007) Scottish rare books librarian and author, long resident in England, with an MA in English language and literature. From 1945 to 1955, he was Curator of Special Collections at the University of Liverpool – where from 1993 the Science Fiction Foundation Collection has been housed – and from 1955 to 1979 was Curator of the Brotherton Collection at Leeds University. After some critical essays, Masson began publishing sf with "Traveller's Rest" for New Worlds in September ...

Roberts, Alaric J

(?   -    ) US author in whose New Trade Winds for the Seven Seas (1942) a Lost World is discovered beneath a Pacific Island Under the Sea inhabited by survivors of Atlantis, who agree to use their advanced Technology and civilization to help the twentieth century world above. You Do Take It With You (1953) with Donald K MacDonald was a vanity press publication. [JC]

Apple, A E

(1891-1963) US author of ramshackle crime thrillers, mostly at shorter lengths for Detective Story Magazine; these stories include a series featuring the Chinese Villain Mr Chang, something of a Yellow Peril figure though hardly in the Fu Manchu class. In the novel Mr Chang's Crime Ray: A Detective Story (9 April 1927 Detective Story Magazine; fixup 1928), Chang is determined to steal the eponymous Invention, a short-range, semi-portable Death Ray that must be plugged into an electrical outlet ...

Gunn, Neil M

(1891-1973) Scottish author and civil servant, author of many novels, the first being Grey Coast (1926). It and some others – like Morning Tide (1931), The Lost Glen (1932), Second Sight (1940) and The Silver Bough (1948) – contain fantasy elements of interest, reminiscent at times of the Celtic Twilight writings of Fiona MacLeod (William Sharp, 1855-1905) [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. The Green Isle of the Great Deep (1944), a sequel to Young Art and Old ...


Film (1991 Japan; vt Zeram). Tōhō. Directed by Keita Amemiya. Written by Keita Amemiya and Hajime Matsumoto. Cast includes Yūko Moriyama. 92 minutes. Colour. / The titular Alien Shapeshifter, whose only vulnerable spot is its face, attacks planet Earth but is temporarily contained by the off-world bounty-hunter Iria (Moriyama) within a Pocket Universe called the Zone. They fight. Since the Zone looks exactly like a deserted copy of contemporary urban Japan, this allows for a ...

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 and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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