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McKenna, Richard M

(1913-1964) US author who spent most of his adult career (from 1931 to 1953), not very happily, in the US Navy. After returning to civilian life, he took a BA in literature at the University of North Carolina. His stories intertwined Hard SF themes such as Space Flight and Time Travel with soft sciences, notably Psychology and cultural Anthropology. His debut was "Casey Agonistes" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in September 1958, although the first story he wrote was "The ...

Takami Kōshun

Working name of Hiroharu Takami (1969-    ) a Japanese author whose sole work to date has been much refashioned and adapted across several media. A graduate of Osaka University's Literature department, where he specialized in the aesthetics of fine arts, Takami worked for several years as a journalist for the provincial newspaper Shikoku Shinbun. His debut novel, the Satire Battle Royale (1999) was published after reaching the final round of a new writers' competition, which ...

Brazil [film]

Film (1985). Brazil/Twentieth Century Fox/Universal. Directed Terry Gilliam. Written by Gilliam, Tom Stoppard, Charles McKeown. Cast includes Robert De Niro, Kim Greist, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm, Bob Hoskins, Michael Palin, Jonathan Pryce, Ian Richardson and Peter Vaughan. European release 142 minutes; American release 132 minutes; "Sheinberg Edit" 94 minutes. Colour. / The US print of Brazil was initially cut by Universal because it was too long and depressing, but, following a highly ...

Greenhough, Terry

Working name of UK author Terence Greenhough (1944-2002) for most of his fiction, though he used the pseudonym Andrew Lester for the routine novel The Thrice-Born (1976), about persecuted hermaphrodites on a distant planet. Greenhough began publishing sf with "The Tree in the Forest" for Science Fiction Monthly in 1974. After Friend of Pharaoh (1975), an historical romance, his first sf novel, Time and Timothy Grenville (1975), typically of this writer somewhat discursively exploits an uneasy, ...

Hansen, Karl

(1950-    ) US author who began publishing sf with "The Killers" (September 1975 Analog) and "A Red, White and Blue Fourth of July" in 2076: The American Tricentennial (anth 1976) edited by Edward Bryant, and who published stories fairly frequently in the late 1970s and 1980s. His first novel, War Games (as "Sergeant Pepper" in The Berkley Showcase: New Writings in Science Fiction and Fantasy, Vol. 1, anth 1980, ed Victoria Schochet and John Silbersack; exp 1981), is 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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