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Grossman, Dave

(1956-    ) German-born US author, a former lieutenant colonel in the US Army and student of the psychology of killing [see Checklist below]. He began to publish sf with The War with Earth (2003) and Kren of the Mitchegai (2004), both in collaboration with Leo Frankowski (whom see for description); these are the second and third books in the A Boy and His Tank/New Kashubia Military SF sequence whose first was by Frankowski solo. A second collaborative series is the Science ...

Marcus, Ben

(1967-    ) US author whose work has from the first explored with exuberant gonzo ambitiousness a wide range of Postmodernist story-telling strategies (see Equipoise; Postmodernism and SF), generally creating through disjunct or colliding topoi an anatomy of modern America far beyond the range of mimetic fiction as that form continues occasionally to be written in the twenty-first century (see Fantastika). His first novel, The Age of Wire and String: Stories (1995), which ...

Darker Side of Terror, The

Made-for-tv film (1979; vt Clone: The Man Who Gave Birth to Himself). Bob Banner Associates/Shaner Remus Productions for CBS-TV. Produced by Al Ramus and John Herman Shane. Directed by Gus Trikonis. Written by Ramus and Shaner. Cast includes Adrienne Barbeau, Robert Forster, Ray Milland and David Sheiner. 96 minutes. Colour. / Professor Meredith (Milland) is a college teacher and genetics researcher who is conducting secret experiments to produce human Clones. He has obtained DNA via blood ...

Mesa of Lost Women

Film (1953; vt Attack of the Spider Women). Ron Ormond Productions/Howco Productions, Inc. Executive producer Joy N Houck. Produced by Melvin Gordon. Directed by Ron Ormond and Herbert Tevos. Written by Tevos and Orville H Hampton (uncredited). Cast includes George Barrows, Jackie Coogan, Dolores Fuller (credited as Delores Fuller), Paula Hill (credited as Mary Hill), Robert Knapp, Nico Lek, Chris-Pin Martin, John Martin, Allan Nixon, Tandra Quinn, Angelo Rossitto, Harmon Stevens, Richard ...

Hurley, Richard J

(?   -    ) US editor of works mainly aimed at the Young Adult markets. His reprint Anthology Beyond Belief (anth 1966) capably assembles mostly familiar stories by such well-known authors as Isaac Asimov, Clark Ashton Smith and Theodore Sturgeon. [GSt]

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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