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Ruocchio, Christopher

(?   -    ) US editor and author whose Sun Eater sequence beginning with Empire of Silence (2018) and Howling Dark (2019) ambitiously invokes former versions of the long-breathed dynastic epic set in the context of the Galactic Empire. Earlier writers and their work conspicuously addressed include Gordon R Dickson, whose Dorsai series features a central protagonist with similar skills and family-romance complications; Frank Herbert, whose Dune series provides ...

Final Countdown, The

Film (1980). Bryna Company/United Artists. Directed by Don Taylor. Written by David Ambrose, Gerry Davis, Thomas Hunter, Peter Powell, based on a story by Hunter, Powell, Ambrose. Cast includes Kirk Douglas, Charles Durning, James Farentino, Katharine Ross and Martin Sheen. 105 minutes. Colour. / The Nimitz, a (real) aircraft carrier on manoeuvres off Hawaii in 1980, is caught in a strange storm which turns out to be a time-warp (see Timeslip). The vessel is deposited in the same spot in ...

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid

Japanese animated tv series (2017-current). Original title Kobayashi-san Chi no Meidoragon. Based on the Manga by Coolkyousinnjya. Kyoto Animation. Directed by Yasuhiro Takemoto. Written by Yuka Yamada. Voice cast includes Kaori Ishihara, Yūki Kuwahara, Maria Naganawa, Yuichi Nakamura, Minami Takahashi and Mutsumi Tamura. 25 24-minute episodes (plus two OVAs and 27 shorts). Colour. / Leaving home to go to work, Computer programmer and maid enthusiast Miss Kobayashi (Tamura) opens her ...

Cosmos Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazine

1. US Digest-size magazine. 4 issues, irregular, September 1953 to July 1954, published by Star Publications; edited by L B Cole. This was an unremarkable magazine of moderate standard which published no memorable fiction; the actual editing was done by Laurence M Janifer at the Scott Meredith Literary Agency. Meredith had arranged a packaging deal with a number of publishers to produce crime, mystery and sf magazines during the digest magazine boom of the early 1950s. Contents were assembled ...

Youers, Rio

(1971-    ) UK-born author in Canada for many years; his early work, beginning with Everdead (2008), tends to supernatural horror, an emphasis shifting, in a tale like Point Hollow (2015), to topoi verging on Horror in SF, as a malign entity within a mountain gives small-town Americans a glimpse of some truths about the past. The Forgotten Girl (2017) is a paranormal thriller whose protagonist, attempting to track down a mysterious woman from his past, discovers that she has ...

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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