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Smith, Walter J

(1917-?2011) UK author of two sf novels, The Grand Voyage (1973) and Fourth Gear (1974), for Robert Hale Limited. More interestingly than some contributions to this publisher's sf series, the first tale involves a protagonist who joins the eponymous Voyage via Time Travel, and searches for earlier travellers who have mysteriously disappeared. / Smith apparently adopted the middle name James although no middle name or initial appears in his birth and marriage records. [JC]

Mars Needs Moms

Film (2011). ImageMovers and Walt Disney Productions (see The Walt Disney Company). Directed by Simon Wells. Written by Simon and Wendy Wells, based on the illustrated book by Berkeley Breathed. Cast includes Joan Cusack, Dan Fogler and Seth Green. 88 minutes. Colour, 3D. / A totalitarian Martian gynocracy (see Mars) has imposed a Metropolis-like division between a gleaming technocratic upper City and a Morlock sewer level for the males, with the maternal function outsourced to disposable ...

Forever Young

Film (1992). Warner Bros. Executive producers Edward S Feldman and Jeffrey Abrams, produced by Bruce Davey, directed by Steve Miner. Written by Abrams. Cast includes Jamie Lee Curtis, Mel Gibson, Isabel Glasser, George Wendt and Elijah Wood. 101 minutes. Colour. / In 1939, when his girlfriend (Glasser) lapses into apparently terminal coma after being hit by a car, grief-stricken test pilot McCormick (Gibson) volunteers for a one-year experiment in Cryonics conducted, conveniently, by his ...

Bolt, Morgan J

(1991-2018) US author whose early (and soon fatal) experience with cancer is recorded in Cancer Just Is: Confessions of a 20-Something Exploring His Illness, Faith and Culture (2018). The Young Adult Tamyth trilogy, beginning with The Rise of Gnurlbane (2013), is fantasy, notable for its geographical sweep and a complexly diversified cast. He is of sf interest for The Favored (2018), a Young Adult distant Near Future Dystopian tale set in a stratified world under the restrictive theological ...

Wang Jinkang

(1948-    ) Chinese author, engineer and multiple Yinhe Award winner, arguably the most overlooked figure in the genre in China, inexplicably overshadowed in translation by both his seniors and juniors, despite massive appeal among his home readership. Graduating from high school at the time of the commencement of the Cultural Revolution (1966), he spent several years in a countryside commune, before being sent to work in an iron foundry and a diesel engine plant. This ...

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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