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Red Dawn

Film (1984). MGM/United Artists. Directed by John Milius. Written by Kevin Reynolds, Milius. Cast includes C Thomas Howell, Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze and Lea Thompson. 114 minutes. Colour. / Russians nuke US cities and their paratroops, with Cuban and Nicaraguan allies, invade the Midwest. Highschool kids escape into the Colorado mountains, become guerrillas, undergo rites of passage and male bonding, fight brilliantly, mostly die. This incoherent and implausible film gets so ...

Dean, Mal

(1941-1974) UK illustrator who died young, of cancer. Dean was well known in the jazz world as a trumpeter and as the mainspring of Mal Dean's Amazing Band (sometimes called just The Amazing Band), for his illustrations in such journals as Melody Maker, and for a number of album covers. In sf he is best known for the work he did for New Worlds in the late 1960s and early 1970s; it was especially associated with the Jerry Cornelius stories by Michael ...

Kitchell, Joseph Gray

(1862-1945) US businessman, photographer and author, whose early novella, The Story of the "Kranbach Nocturne" (1905 chap), treats the eponymous Basilisk as soul-saving. His full-length sf novel, The Earl of Hell (1924), combines high adventure – its protagonist travels the world in search of new sources of radium, is kidnapped, foils a plot to supply "Hunovia" (i.e. Germany) with a brand-new ...

Dalton, Test

(1877-1945) US playwright and author, in whose Utopia, The Richest Man on Earth (1931), a reformed American capitalist founds a new society in Africa. [JC]

Bethke, Bruce

(1955-    ) US author best known for his short stories, in particular his first professional publication, "Cyberpunk" for Amazing in November 1983, which appeared there after circulating in manuscript and almost certainly inspiring Gardner Dozois's use of the term Cyberpunk to designate the new movement, in an exclamatory fashion ironically distinct from Bethke's own jaundiced view ...

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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