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Dietz, William C

(1945-    ) US author who began to publish sf with War World (1986; vt Galactic Bounty 1997), the first volume of his Sam McCade sequence of sf adventures about an interstellar bounty hunter, which continued with Imperial Bounty (1988) and two further titles. The galactic venue of the series exhibits some interesting kinks, and McCade himself gradually gains individuality. Although the angle of approach differs – the protagonist this time is an interstellar con man ...

Offin, T W

(1834-1913) UK author of How the Germans Took London: Forewarned, Forearmed (1900 chap), a late contribution to the Battle of Dorking subgenre of Future War tales hinging on the Invasion of an unprepared Britain. Mrs Grundy's Zoo: A Political Play (1908 chap) is a Satirical sketch. [JC]

Neuce, Jus

Pseudonym of an unidentified female US author (?   -    ) whose first novel, Nocturne (2005), is set on a colony planet (see Colonization of Other Worlds) whose synchronous orbit, which restricts settlements to polders and Keeps along the terminator division, is inimically matched by the rigidly hierarchical structure of the society that has evolved; this is exacerbated by Nocturne's great distance from Earth, which can only be traversed by Generation ...

Life on Mars

US tv series (2008-2009). Kudos Film and Television for ABC. Created by Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, and Scott Rosenberg, based on the British series of the same name, created by Matthew Graham and Ashley Pharaoh. Writers include Appelbaum, Nemec and Rosenberg. Directors include Michael Katleman, Darnell Martin and Alex Zakrzewki. Cast includes Jason O'Mara as Sam Tyler, Harvey Keitel as Gene Hunt, Gretchen Mol as Annie Norris, Michael Imperioli as Ray Carling and Jonathan Murphy as ...

Ghosts of Mars

Film (2001). Screen Gems presents a Storm King production. Directed by John Carpenter. Written by Larry Sulkis & Carpenter. Cast includes Joanna Cassidy, Ice Cube, Clea Duvall, Pam Grier, Natasha Henstridge and Jason Statham. 93 minutes. Colour. / In 2176, colonists mining a part-terraformed and irrelevantly matriarchal Mars activate the dormant bodiless form of a windborne native intelligence, which possesses the colonists' bodies and turns them lethally against the human invaders of ...

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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