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Van Ronkel, Rip

The most common form of his name used by screenwriter Alford Van Ronkel (1908-1965). He is of greatest sf interest for co-scripting the screenplay for Destination Moon (1950). Other genre credits include Destination Space (1959), which he scripted and produced, and – one of his last films – The Bamboo Saucer (1968), for which he wrote the original story. [GSt]

Edison, David

(1977-    ) US author whose projected Waking Engine series, beginning with Waking Engine (2014), complexly mixes several sf and fantasy topoi. Though it is possible to read the first novel as an Urban Fantasy set in an Afterlife world [for Afterlife and Urban Fantasy see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], it can also be understood as being set in a Multiverse accessible to humans only after their first death, with that first death, and any deaths that might ...

Great Wall, The

Chinese film (2016; vt Chang Cheng). Legendary East, Le Vision, Atlas Entertainment, China Film Group, Universal Pictures. Directed by Zhang Yimou, starring Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, Jing Tian, Andy Lau. Written by Carlo Bernard, Doug Miro, Tony Gilroy. 104 minutes. Colour. / In the eleventh century CE, William (Damon) and Tovar (Pascal) are the last survivors of a group of European mercenaries who have made the long journey to China in search of the secret of gunpowder (see ...


Animated film (2008). Exodus Film Group/Metro Goldwyn Mayer. Directed by Tony Leondis. Written by Chris McKenna with John Hoffman, Leondis and Dimitri Toscas. Cast includes Steve Buscemi, John Cusack, Sean Hayes and Molly Shannon. 83 minutes. Colour. / The Kingdom of Malaria (see Ruritania) is beset by persistent cloud cover which has destroyed the population's ability to farm. So they turn to an alternative income stream: evil Inventions made by Mad Scientists used to hold the rest of the ...

Miller, Frank

(1957-    ) US Comic-book writer and artist, with a distinctive fragmented narrative technique; also film scriptwriter and director. During 1979-1985 Miller worked on Marvel Comics's Daredevil, producing work that was later re-released in three collections: Child's Play (graph coll 1988), Marked for Death (graph coll 1990) and Gang War (graph coll 1992). He then produced two apocalyptic dramas for DC Comics: Ronin (1983-1984; graph 1987) and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns ...

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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