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Hammer Horror

UK letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine printed on middle-grade paper. One Special Collector's Edition in 1994 followed by seven monthly issues March to September 1995. Publisher: Marvel UK. Editor: Marcus Hearn. / This short-lived title was an unofficial follow-up to the magazine The House of Hammer, with somewhat more emphasis on scholarly film research. Starting life with the now rare Special Edition which provided a complete overview of the Hammer Films studio, the monthly ...

Circle, The

Film (2017). Image Nation Abu Dhabi, Likely Story, Playtone. Directed by James Ponsoldt. Written by James Ponsoldt and Dave Eggers, based on Eggers' The Circle (2013). Cast includes Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega, Karen Gillan, Ellar Coltrane, Patton Oswalt, Glenne Headly and Bill Paxton. 110 minutes. Colour. / Directionless call centre employee Mae (Watson) secures an interview at the social media company The Circle through the influence of her old friend Annie (Gillan). She is soon ...

Lundgren, Ray

(?   -    ) American book designer, sometimes credited as a cover artist. There is little biographical information available, as Lundgren keeps a low profile and makes little effort to promote himself, but he is now working in New York City as Senior Art Director for the Penguin Group. While employed in that capacity, Lundgren has been solely responsible for the covers of a number of books officially published under the Roc/New American Library imprint, ...

Del Arroz, Jon

(?   -    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Monsieur Mingle and Kris Kringle" in Naughty or Nice: A Holiday Anthology (anth 2015) edited by Jennifer Brozek. His first novel, Star Realms: Rescue Run (2016) is an adventure-oriented Space Opera tale with Military SF elements featuring a suddenly freelance female protagonist in need of a contract; a series may be intended. The Young Adult Adventures of Baron Von Monocle sequence, ...


Videogame (1998). Activision. Platforms: Win; rev vt Battlezone: Rise of the Black Dogs, N64 (2000); Amiga (2001). / Battlezone is an innovative Real Time Strategy game, inspired by the largely unrelated arcade tank combat game Battlezone (1980 Atari, Arcade, Others) designed by Ed Rotberg. Its gameplay uses a three-dimensional first person view to combine the physical urgency of an action game with the flexible thinking required in an RTS. Players pilot "hovertanks" in real time while ...

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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