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Gems, Jonathan

(1952-    ) US screenwriter and author of Mars Attacks! (1996), a Tie to the Tim Burton film Mars Attacks! (1996), which it novelizes. This film's screenplay was also by Gems, based on the "Mars Attacks" series of Topps trading cards (1962); he had earlier co-scripted Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984), based on Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) by George Orwell. [JC/DRL]

Robertson, Tim

(1944-    ) UK-born Australian actor and screenwriter whose Mary Shelley: (A Smoked Opera for the Quick and the Dead) (1983) is a script of sf interest (see Mary Shelley). [JC]

Blow, Ernest J

(?   -    ) South African author of Appointment in Space (1963), an undemanding tale whose protagonists take a Spaceship to Mars, where they have some adventures. [JC]


Videogame (2011). id Software (id). Designed by Tim Willits. Platforms: PS3, Win, XB360 (2011); rev vt Rage: Campaign Edition Mac (2012). / Rage is a First Person Shooter in which much of the player's time is spent racing and fighting from ramshackle vehicles; the game's world is often reminiscent of that depicted in Mad Max 2 (1981). There are many sly references to other games and game creators, including Fallout (1997), Wasteland (1988) and Warren Spector (designer of Deus Ex), as well ...

Lewis, Leon

Working name of US author Julius Warren Lewis (1833-1920), who called himself "the Dumas of America", and who recorded himself on census returns as Leon Lewis; much of his early work was done in collaboration with his wife, the romance author Harriet Lewis (1841-1878). Amongst his many dime novels (see Dime-Novel SF), he is known to have written two Lost-Race tales: The Diamond Seeker of Brazil (1891), set in Brazil, and Andrée at the North Pole: With Details of his Fate (first appeared ...

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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