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Ottum, Bob

(1925-1986) US sports author and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "She Called Me Frankie" for Science Fiction Quarterly in May 1953. In his surprisingly funny sf novel, All Right, Everybody Off the Planet (1972), inefficient Aliens send a spy among us in human form; the humour derives from their ignorance of human relationships and from their attempts to stage-manage an impressive First Contact. A similar notion – with the sexes reversed – was much later used, ...

Kamikaze 1989

Film (1982; vt Kamikaze; vt Kamikaze '89). Regina Ziegler/Trio/Oase/ZDF. Directed by Wolf Gremm. Written by Robert Katz, Gremm, based on Mord pa 31 (1965; trans as Murder on the 31st Floor 1966) by Per Wahlöö. Cast includes Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Boy Gobert, Nicole Heesters, Günther Kaufmann and Franco Nero. 106 minutes. Colour. / In the Germany of 1989 people have no problems. They are entertained around the clock by a gigantic multimedia corporation, operating from a ...

Kidd, Chip

(1964-    ) American book designer, artist, editor, and author. After receiving artistic training at Penn State University, he began doing book design for Alfred A Knopf in 1986 and has since done freelance work for other publishers. While others in his profession, like Carol Russo and Ray Lundgren, make little effort to draw attention to themselves, Kidd has innovatively transformed himself into a celebrity, in part by means of his involvement in numerous collections of ...

Gilliam, Richard

(?   -    ) US author and editor who began to publish work of genre interest with "Caroline and Caleb" in Confederacy of the Dead (anth 1993), which he edited in collaboration with Martin H Greenberg and Edward E Kramer. Many further anthologies followed, mostly with Greenberg and often a third collaborator. Exceptions not involving Greenberg are Michael Moorcock's Elric: Tales of the White Wolf (anth 1994), comprising stories in homage to Michael Moorcock's ...

Barclay, Alan

Pseudonym of UK author and civil engineer George Barclay Tait (1909-1991), who wrote some stories for Science Fantasy, beginning with "Enemy in their Midst" in 1952, and the Jacko series – mostly for New Worlds, beginning with "Only an Echo" (1954 New Worlds #22) and ending with "The Thing in Common" (August 1956 New Worlds). Parts of this series became his sf novel Of Earth and Fire (fixup 1974), which pits Earth's space service against Alien intruders. He wrote his novels exclusively ...

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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