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American International Pictures

This entry covers the period 1954-1979 when American International Pictures was an independent American motion picture company that produced and distributed low-budget films. Formed by James H Nicholson and Samuel Z Arkoff in 1954 and initially called the American Releasing Corporation (ARC), it was renamed American International Pictures (AIP) in 1956. In 1964 it also formed American International Productions Television to produce made-for-tv movies. In 1979 ARC was bought by Filmways, Inc and ...

Burton, LeVar

Working name of US actor and director Levardis Burton (1957-    ), who signs his first name as LeVar. He has been much involved in the Star Trek Television enterprises, playing the blind Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994) and directing several episodes in that and other Star Trek series; he reprised the ...

Satterlee, W W

(1837-1893) US Methodist preacher and author, whose Looking Backward and What I Saw (1890), a dream narrative set in a Dystopian twenty-second century, takes on Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888) on the single tax, and adds comments the temperance point of view propounded earlier in his tract, The Political Prohibition Text-Book (1883). [JC]

Minnett, Cora

Pseudonym of Australian actress and author Minnie Warren Jones (1868-?   ), who also wrote as Pellew Hawker; in England from 1910 until at least 1918, when [according to Steve Holland's researches; see under links below] all trace of her is lost. According to Holland's research, she seems to have been a confidence artist, selling non-existent or misdescribed Australian plots of land to English victims. Of sf interest is one novel, ...

Mora, Maria Ingrande

(?   -    ) US marketing executive and author whose first novel, the Near Future Young Adult Fragile Remedy (2021), focuses on the romantic dilemmas of an Android who has been crafted to be used by the rich, when they have medical need of his body, as "lung rot", the last vestige of an earlier Pandemic, can be fatal. His ...

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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