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Duble, Kathleen Benner

(1958-    ) US author for Young Adult audiences, whose only book of strong sf interest is her first, Bridging Beyond (2002), in which "genetic memories" generated by her great-grandmother afflict a teenage girl. [JC]

Vampire, The

Film (1957; vt Mark of the Vampire). Gramercy Pictures. Produced by Arthur Gardner, Arnold Laven, and Jules V Levy. Directed by Paul Landres. Written by Pat Fielder from her original story. Cast includes John Beal, Coleen Gray, Dabbs Greer (Dr Will Beaumont) and Kenneth Toby. 75 minutes. Black and white. / Small-town doctor Paul Beecher (Beal) is entrusted with an experimental Drug developed from the blood of vampire bats by a colleague, just before this friend dies from the drug's effects. ...

Showalter, Gena

(1975-    ) US author almost exclusively of paranormal romances [not listed below], mostly designed for the Young Adult market. Of sf interest is the Alien Huntress sequence beginning with Awaken Me Darkly (2005), set in a Near Future New Chicago infested by Aliens, most of them not amiable; the kick-ass protagonist, head of the police department's Alien Investigation and Removal Agency, deals with alien crime (see Crime and Punishment). She undergoes erotic encounters. New ...

Thiessen, J Grant

(1947-    ) Canadian book dealer and bibliographer, editor of The Science-Fiction Collector, whose individual issues he later assembled as The Science Fiction Collector, Volume 1 (anth 1980), containing issues 1-6, The Science Fiction Collector, Volume 2 (anth 1981), containing issues 7-10 and The Science Fiction Collector, Volume 3 (anth 1981), containing issues 11-14. The three volumes have proved a valuable resource for sf Bibliography ever since. Using his bookshop, ...

Kamen Rider

1. Japanese live-action tv series (1971-1973; vt Masked Rider). Created by Shotaro Ishinomori. Toei Company. Directors include Itaru Orita, Masahiro Tsukada and Minoru Yamada. Writers include Masaru Igami, Masayuki Shimada and Mari Takizawa. Voice cast includes Hiroshi Fujioka and Takeshi Sasaki. 98 24-minute episodes. Colour. / This was the series that began a very successful Tokusatsu Superhero franchise (see 2 below). / Takeshi Hongo (Fujioka), a Grand Prix motorcyclist and ...

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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