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Flesh Gordon

Film (1974). Mammoth/Graffiti. Directed by Michael Benveniste, Howard Ziehm. Written by Benveniste, William Hunt. Cast includes Suzanne Fields, John Hoyt and Jason Williams. 90 minutes, cut to 84 minutes, cut to 78 minutes. Colour. / This burlesque of Flash Gordon began as a cheap soft-porn film, but became relatively expensive as the special effects became more elaborate. Work on it continued for nearly two years and many special-effects technicians were involved, some uncredited; they ...

Clone Master, The

Made-for-tv film (1978). Mel Ferber Productions/Paramount Television for NBC-TV. Produced by John D F Black. Directed by Don Medford. Written by Black. Cast includes Ralph Bellamy, Art Hindle, Ed Lauter and John Van Dreelan. 100 minutes. Colour. / Research Scientist Dr Simon Shane (Hindle) and his mentor Dr Ezra Loutman (Bellamy) are hired, supposedly by the US government, to conduct advanced research on Cloning. Shane soon begins to correctly suspect that their employer is not a government ...

Skinner, Michael

(1953-    ) US journalist, editor and author, mostly of nonfiction books about the American military during the 1980s. Of sf interest is the Near Future Technothriller First Air: A Novel of Air Combat in the Persian Gulf (1991), set after Iran has nuked Baghdad, trapping American forces who can only be rescued by a maverick private corporation whose advanced planes are operated by madcap fighter pilots. [JC]

80 Days

Videogame (2014). inkle. Designed by Meg Jayanth. Platforms: iOS. / 80 Days is a text-based videogame which rewrites Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days (1873; trans 1874) as a Steampunk Adventure. The player witnesses the events of the game through the perspective of the novel's original protagonists; Jean Passepartout, manservant to the dilettante and adventurer Phileas Fogg, who must navigate around the globe in less than eighty days in order to win the game (in both cases ...

Jakes, John

(1932-    ) US author best known for sf and fantasy, under his own name and various pseudonyms including Alan Henry, Jacob Johns, Alan Payne, Jay Scotland and Alan Wilder, before launching his Bicentennial series of novels, which traces the fictional history of a US family over the past 200 years. It achieved extraordinary bestsellerdom, undoubtedly justifying, at least financially, his decision to retire from the genre. Most of his shorter work, beginning with "The Dreaming ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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