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Prehistoric Women

1. US film (1950). Alliance Productions, Inc. Produced by Albert J Cohen. Directed by Gregg C Tallas. Written by Tallas, and Sam X Abarbanel. Cast includes Judy Landon, Laurette Luez, Mara Lynn, Allan Nixon and Joan Shawlee. Narrator: David Vaile. 74 minutes. Colour. / Amazon princess Tigri (Luez) and her Stone Age friends have driven all males away some time prior to the start of this Prehistoric SF film; but, being practical, they capture enough to serve the purposes of reproduction as ...

Metaltech

Videogame series (from 1994). Dynamix. / After developing the first MechWarrior game in the late 1980s (see Battletech), Dynamix lost the licence to Activision. Their response was to create their own version of the Battletech (1984) universe, featuring HERCULANs (human and AI piloted bipedal robots) in a unique Future History, and develop their own games within this Metaltech continuity. The first game, Earthsiege (1994 Dynamix, DOS), is similar to the 1989 MechWarrior, with pilots playing ...

Rossow, William B

(1947-    ) US climatologist with NASA and author, with Marjorie Bradley Kellogg (whom see for details) of the Lear's Daughter sequence of sf novels, which have much to do with violent spasms of weather on an alien planet visited by inept human Scientists and less inept human planet-developers. [JC]

Hoffman, Eva

(1945-    ) Polish academic and author, in Canada from the late 1950s, and latterly in the USA (she is a citizen of both countries, but also lives in London). Hoffman is best known as a memoirist and as a historian of Jewish life and death during World War Two, her nonfiction titles including Lost in Translation: A Life in a New Language (1989), Exit Into History: A Journey Through the New Eastern Europe (1993), Stetl: The Life and Death of a Small Town and the World of ...

Airplane Boys

The Wright Brothers' first successful heavier-than-air flight at Kitty Hawk in December 1903 signalled the inevitable death of the Airship Boys subgenre of boys' adventure series before it properly began. Tales involving juvenile chums creating and/or piloting lighter-than-air craft, almost always dirigible Balloons, did not in fact come into the market until Harry Lincoln Sayler published the first of his Airship Boys sequence, The Airship Boys; or, The Quest of the Aztec Treasure (1909), ...

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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