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Dozois, Gardner

(1947-2018) US author, anthologist and, from 1985 (with the January 1986 issue) to 2004, editor of Asimov's Science Fiction, winning fifteen Hugos between 1988 and 2004 for his work as editor, and the equivalent Locus award from 1996 to 2004; he was married to Susan Casper until her death in 2017. He began publishing sf in September 1966 with "The Empty Man" for ...

Tarzan Films

Films about Tarzan are of varying interest, and are treated accordingly. Early examples made some pretence of following the novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs; later films abandoned that pretence. Several actors played Tarzan himself. The most famous were Johnny Weissmuller (9 to 24) and Lex Barker (25 to 29). For further Jungle Movies see Bomba Films and The ...


US tv series (2009-2015). Harmonius Claptrap, Krasnoff Foster Productions, Russo Brothers Films, Sony Pictures Television, Universal Media Studios (UMS). Created by Dan Harmon. Directors include Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Rob Schrab and Tristram Shapeero. Writers include Andy Bobrow, Megan Ganz, Andrew Guest, Dan Harmon, Chris McKenna and Hilary Winston. Cast includes Alison Brie, Yvette Nicole Brown, Chevy Chase, Donald Glover, Gillian Jacobs, Ken Jeong, Joel McHale, Danny Pudi and Jim ...

Shastri, H P

(1853-1931) Indian [ie Bengali] Sanskrit scholar and author whose Valmikir Jaya (publication data unknown: perhaps circa 1880; trans Ranjani Ranjan Sen as The Triumph of Valmiki 1909) features a robber-chief protagonist with Superpowers, who travels by unspecified means to a distant nebula. There he creates a replica of the Solar System which – acting as a Forerunner figure – he ...


Pseudonym of UK naval officer and author Henry Taprell Dorling (1883-1968), in the UK navy from 1897 through World War One, retiring in 1929; he served again during World War Two. He began his prolific career as an author with All About Ships: A Book for Boys (1912), almost all his work being nonfantastic stories of the sea, and came to some attention late in life when it was suggested that his early novel, ...

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. ...

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