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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

1. Film (1989). Walt Disney Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company), Silver Screen Partners III, Doric Productions. Directed by Joe Johnston. Written by Ed Naha and Tom Schulman from a story by Stuart Gordon, Naha and Brian Yuzna. Cast includes Thomas Brown, Matt Frewer, Rick Moranis, Amy O'Neill, Robert Oliveri and Marcia Strassman. 93 minutes. Colour. / Eccentric inventor Wayne Szalinski (Moranis) builds a Miniaturization machine which is accidentally activated, shrinking his own two ...

Fireside Magazine

US professional Online Magazine available as an ebook by subscription only. It was produced by Brian J White in Boston, Massachusetts. White sought financing via crowdfunding; his intentions were to publish "great stories, regardless of genre". There were three preliminary issues dated Spring, Summer and Winter 2012, which were also downloadable, and which covered the spectrum of speculative fiction, with authors including Ken Liu, Mary Robinette Kowal and Tobias S Buckell, whose "Please Enter ...

King, John Robert

(1948-    ) UK author whose Bruno Lipshitz and the Disciples of Dogma (1976) rather uneasily juggles a number of ingredients in a complex plot: an Alien invasion, a strange Religion, interpersonal conflicts and dollops of adventure. [JC]

Fry, Lena Jane

(?   -?   ) US author the larger part of whose Other Worlds [for full title see Checklist] (coll 1905) describes a lightly fictionalized socialist Utopia set on the planet Herschel, named after the composer and astronomer William Herschel (1738-1822), who discovered Uranus; the volume also includes a short story, "The Planet Venus", in which the inhabitants of Venus view Earth through a telescope and lament our shortcomings. [JC]

Frakes, Jonathan

(1952-    ) US actor, best known for his role as Commander William T Riker in all 187 episodes of the second Star Trek television series, Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994); he also directed several episodes of this and other Star Trek series as well as the films Star Trek: First Contact (1996) and Star Trek: Insurrection (1998). His sf novel, The Abductors: Conspiracy (1996) with Dean Wesley Smith, features an ex-policeman who uncovers an Alien conspiracy 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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