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Planet of Dinosaurs

Film (1978). Deathbeast Productions. Produced by James K Shea. Creature effects by Doug Beswick and Jim Danforth (uncredited). Directed by Shea. Written by Ralph Lucas from a story by Jim Aupperle. Cast includes Mary Appleseth, Chuck Pennington, Max Thayer and James Whitworth. 84 minutes. Colour. / The future Starship Odyssey suffers a catastrophic accident, from which only one shuttle-craft of survivors escapes to an unexplored planet. Landing in a lake, the shuttle quickly sinks, but the ...

Suprynowicz, Vin

(circa 1950-    ) US Libertarian columnist and author whose sf novel, The Black Arrow: A Tale of the Resistance (2005), seems written mainly to advocate his Politics views. Near Future America is dominated by a surveillance-obsessed authoritarian government which exercises much of its authority through militarized police units known as the Homeland Security Special Forces. The protagonist – pictured as a Superman with some powers verging on the supernatural – ...

Taekoesu Yonggary

South Korean film (1967; vt Yongary, Monster from the Deep). Kuk Dong and Toei Company. Directed by Yi-Duk Kim. Written by Yi-Duk Kim and Yun-Sung Seo. Cast includes Moon Kang, Cho Kyoung-Min, Kwang Ho Lee, Sun-Jae Lee, Jeong-Im Nam and Yeong-Il Oh. 100 minutes, cut to 79 minutes for American release. Colour. / An astronaut is called away from his honeymoon for an emergency "reconnaissance flight" into Earth orbit to observe a nuclear test in the Middle East. Everything goes fine, except ...

Elliott, George

(?   -    ) UK author – possibly pseudonymous – of an sf thriller in the Martin Speed sequence, The Case of the Missing Airmen (1944 chap), featuring various villains and an assortment of deadly Rays. [JC]

White, Mark J

(?   -    ) UK author of the Near Future sf novel An Idol Killing (1997), set in a Dystopian Britain suffering Ecological collapse; a rock star eco-terrorist is threatened with assassination during the performance of his last gig. The world turns grimmer than before. [JC]

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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