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Traditional item of sf Terminology, third in the trio of classic Genre SF hand Weapons: the others are the Blaster and the sometimes synonymous Disintegrator. The Star Trek phaser can famously be set to "stun", but the device was already old in sf. Personal "electric stunners" appear in C M ...

Flight of the Navigator

Film (1986). Producers Sales/New Star Entertainment/Walt Disney. Directed by Randal Kleiser. Written by Michael Burton, Matt MacManus, based on a story by Mark H Baker. Cast includes Veronica Cartwright, Joey Cramer, Cliff De Young, Howard Hesseman and Paul Mall. 89 minutes. Colour. / Made for children, this might – one would think – be rather disturbing for them. A 12-year-old (Cramer) returns home after a fall and finds the wrong people living there. The police take him ...

Russell, John [2]

(1792-1878) UK politician and author, Prime-Minister of Great Britain 1846-1852, and 1865-1866, grandfather of Bertrand Russell; from his early writing career, the title novella assembled in Adventures in the Moon and Other Worlds (coll 1836) features a trip by mechanical Spaceship to the Moon, where a mélange of figures from various narrative traditions can be found, including ...

For Monsters Only

US letter-size Cinema magazine printed on newsprint-quality paper. Published by Robert C Sproul as Major Magazines Incorporated. Editor: Lorraine Newman. Ten issues, November 1965 to June 1972, plus one 1967 Annual edition. Publication schedule was nominally quarterly but in fact very erratic. / Sproul, who had previously issued the magazine Saturn, imitated ...

Richards, Joel

Pseudonym of US author Joel Richard Fruchtman (1937-    ), who began publishing sf with "Speedplay" for Amazing in 1980 and has published subsequent stories in original anthologies. In his sf novel, Pindharee (1986), an officer in a human-dominated Galactic Empire must decide whether or not to disobey orders and fail to exterminate a peaceful Alien civilization. [JC]

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, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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