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Cat-Women of the Moon

Film (1953; vt Rocket to the Moon). Z-M Productions. Directed by Arthur Hilton. Writers Jack Rabin and Al Zimbalist (story); Roy Hamilton (screenplay). Cast includes Victor Jory, Sonny Tufts and Marie Windsor. 64 minutes. Black-and-white. / Pioneering astronauts led by captain Laird Grainger (Tufts) land on the far side of the Moon, whereupon they promptly discover a cave with a breathable atmosphere and a civilization of beautiful, seductive women given to wearing sultry black leotards and ...

Kim, A L

(?   -    ) US author of a Young Adult adventure, Qwan: The Showdown (1996), set in a Post-Holocaust America where martial arts are useful. [JC]

Hogan, Robert J

(1897-1963) US author, mostly of adventure tales for American Pulp magazines, who is of sf interest mainly for the G-8 and his Battle Aces sequence, all 115 novel-length instalments seemingly written by him. They comprised the essential contents of the 115 issues of G-8 and His Battle Aces (1933-1944); many individual issues have been reproduced in facsimile form in the twenty-first century and sold as books (they are not listed here); earlier, a selection of Hogan's tales were published in ...

Kagan, Janet

(1946-2008) US author who began publishing sf with "Faith-of-the-Month Club" (1 February 1982 Analog), as by Anon., and who won a 1993 Hugo Best Novelette Award for "The Nutcracker Coup" (December 1992 Asimov's). Her first sf book was a Star Trek Tie, Uhura's Song (1985), reckoned to be one of the better novels attached to that enterprise. Her second novel, Hellspark (1988), carries some of the same digestible competence into an sf adventure whose heroine (attended by a sentient AI) must defend ...

Suspended: A Cryogenic Nightmare

Videogame (1983). Infocom. Designed by Michael Berlyn. Platforms: AppleII, Atari8, C64, DOS, PCBoot, TRS80 (1983); Mac (1984); AtariST (1985); Amiga, Amstrad (1986). / The player character in the text Adventure game Suspended is a native of an offworld colony who has been selected by lottery to spend 500 years in Cryogenic Suspended Animation. While the character is frozen in an underground complex, their subconscious mind is used to keep the colony's vital systems functioning. Suspended ...

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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