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Garner, Alan

(1934-    ) UK author whose early work was primarily for children; he has lived all his life near Alderley Edge, Cheshire, the setting for nearly all his fiction. Garner is widely thought one of the finest, though most difficult, children's writers of his generation; he ceased publishing for younger audiences after about 1980; after a long hiatus, he published two adult novels, Strandloper (1996) and Thursbitch (2003), each of them Equipoisal between realistic depictions of ...

Morgan, Richard

(1965-    ) British author who began publishing work of genre interest with Altered Carbon (2002) as by Richard K Morgan; the middle initial also appears on US reprints. Altered Carbon was the first of a three-volume sequence featuring the mercenary/detective Takeshi Kovacs, subsequent books being Broken Angels (2003) and Woken Furies (2005). The setting of the Kovacs sequence is a United Nations-supervised group of planets whose economy is dominated by the availability of a ...

Early Edition

US tv series (1996-2000). Tristar Television and Sony International Television for CBS. Created by Ian Abrams, Patrick Q Page and Vik Rubenfeld. Executive producers include Bob Brush, Lillah McCarthy and Jeff Melvoin. Directors included Mel Damski, Gary Nelson, Scott Paulin and James Quinn. Writers include Patrick Sean Clark, Carla Kentner, Jeff Melvoin and Alex Taub. Cast includes Kyle Chandler, Shanesia Davis, Fisher Stevens and Billy Worley. 90 41-minute episodes. Colour. / Gary Hobson ...

Love and Rockets

US Comic book created in 1981 by the brothers Gilbert (1957-    ), Jaime and Mario Hernandez. #1, self-published, featured a 40pp future-apocalyptic chase-thriller, "BEM", by Gilbert; it introduced tail-chasing supersleuth Castle Radium as well as Luba, a continuing star of much of Gilbert's output. Also in #1 were some short pieces by Jaime; one of these, "Mechan-X", introduced the characters Maggie, Hopey and Rand Race, who featured in #2's 40pp story "Mechanics", which ...

It Came from Beneath the Sea

Film (1955). Clover/Columbia. Produced by Charles H Schneer. Directed by Robert Gordon. Written by George Worthing Yates, Hal Smith, based on a story by Yates. Cast includes Donald Curtis, Faith Domergue and Kenneth Tobey. 77 minutes. Black and white. / In this Monster Movie a giant octopus is affected by atomic radiation – as so often in the genre – and goes on a destructive rampage, attacking San Francisco and demolishing various landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, ...

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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