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Operation Ganymed

Film (1977). Pentagrama/Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen. Written and directed by Rainer Erler. Cast includes Horst Frank, Uwe Friedrichsen, Claud Theo Gaestner, Dieter Laser, Jurgen Prochnow and Vicky Roskilly. 126 minutes, cut to 120 minutes. Colour. / This grim German film emerges as a realist response to fantasies like Planet of the Apes (1968). On their return to Earth, five survivors of a three-ship, 21-man mission to Ganymede crashland off the Gulf of Mexico and, lost in the desert, turn ...

Moore, Ronald D

(1964-    ) US screenwriter and Television producer who attended Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, and whose first work of genre interest was the script for "The Bonding" (23 October 1989), an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994). He became co-producer and – for the final year – producer of this series, writing or co-writing 27 episodes in all, including the series finale "All Good Things ..." (23 May 1994) with Brannon Braga, which won a ...

Yamamoto Hiroshi

(1956-    ) Japanese author whose influence extends not only through his own published works, but also through his connections, known, unknown and suspected, with several lobbies and factions within Japanese Fandom, including the game designers Group SNE and the Togakkai collaborative book mill, the latter largely devoted to nonfiction works celebrating and debunking Pseudoscience and the occult, not included in the Checklist below. / Active in science fiction Fanzines ...

McQuinn, Donald E

(1930-    ) US soldier and author whose first sf novel (his fifth overall), Warrior (1990), packs into its setting – a Ruined Earth America 500 years after the nation's nuclear destruction – almost every Cliché available to writers of barbarian-warrior novels: a variety of agon-based tribal societies; a woman-run church; a batch of twenty-first-century warriors freshly resurrected from Cryonic slumber and ready for a fight; an evil monarch bent on ...

Year 24 Group

["Nijūyo-nen-gumi"] Critical shorthand used in Japanese Manga Fandom and academia to describe the community of female creators who transformed girls' comics in the 1970s, making a striking and enduring impact on multiple genres, including sf (see Women SF Writers). The name derives from the happenstance that several of the prime movers in the field were born in or around 1949, the 24th year of the reigning Shōwa Emperor, Hirohito. For similar reasons, they are sometimes parsed in ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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