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Burning Zone, The

US tv series (1996-1997). Sandstar Productions/Universal Television for the UPN TV network. Created by Coleman Luck. Produced by Stuart Cohen, Edward Ledding, and Harker Wade. Directors included Scott Brazil, Michael Miller, Stephen L Posey. Writers included Carlton Eastlake, James G Hirsch and Kimberly A Shiner. Cast includes James Black, Michael Harris, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Bradford Tatum and Tamlyn Tomita. 19 55-minute episodes. Colour. / A small ultra-secret team of Scientists led by Dr ...

Morgan, D S

(?   -    ) UK author whose sf debut was the novel The Bend in the Sky (2012), a humorous Multiverse-traversing romp in which our universe must be saved by unlikely non-heroes from destruction by a psychopathic tyrant; there is some enjoyable incidental inventiveness, though perhaps over-much reliance on comic names distantly reminiscent of Douglas Adams's. One conceit is that the lengthy and many-stranded narrative action, having been triggered by a ...

Barlowe, Wayne Douglas

(1958-    ) US illustrator whose successful Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials (graph 1979), in collaboration with Ian Summers and Beth Meacham (who wrote the text), was published when he was twenty-one, only two years after he had made his first sale, a cover for Cosmos. The book featured Barlowe's excellent paintings of many of sf's best-known attempts to depict Aliens. The son of natural-history artists Sy and Dorothea Barlowe, he has a talent for creating believable ...

Mowll, Joshua

(1970-    ) UK graphic artist and author of the Young Adult Guild of Specialists sequence, comprising Operation Red Jericho (2005), Operation Typhoon Shore (2006) and Operation Storm City (2008); set in the 1920s, the tales combine Lost Race and Steampunk conventions in a Ripping Yarns fashion that evokes comparisons to writers like Michael Moorcock and Alan Moore, to the A Series of Unfortunate Events sequence by Lemony Snicket, and to the various Indiana Jones films ...

von Gunden, Kenneth

(1946-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Scrapings" in Ascents of Wonder (anth 1977) edited by David Gerrold, but whose first book of sf interest was nonfiction: Twenty All-Time Great SF Films (1982) with Stuart H Stock. He began publishing sf novels with StarSpawn (1990), which interestingly introduces an ethically advanced Hive-Mind race of interstellar explorers into medieval England, though an associated species escapes their ship and ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...



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