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Without Warning

Film (1980). Heritage Enterprises/Filmways Pictures. Produced and directed by Greydon Clark. Written by Lyn Freeman, Daniel Grodnik, Bennett Trainer, and Steve Mathis. Cast includes Neville Brand, David Caruso, Kevin Peter Hall (credited as Kevin Hall), Martin Landau, Sue Ann Langdon, Ralph Meeker, Cameron Mitchell, Jack Palance and Larry Storch. 89 minutes. Colour. / Three friends, Taylor (Palance), Dobbs (Landau), and Leo (Brand), are on a hunting trip in a US national forest when a huge ...

Ōshima Yumiko

(1947-    ) Japanese comics artist whose influence in visual media greatly outstrips her relatively modest publishing output. With her debut with the non-genre "Paula no Namida" ["Paula's Tears"] (1968 Margaret), Ōshima became one of the pioneer female artists taking control of the girls' comics medium from the male creators who had previously dominated it (see Year 24 Group). / Joker e ["To the Joker"] (April 1973-September 1973 Bessatsu Shōjo Comic; graph ...

Pruyn, Leonard

(1898-1973) US author, in active service during World War One, whose two short sf stories appeared a year apart: "In Time of Sorrow" in Authentic Science Fiction for February 1954 and "A La Carte" in Spaceway for February 1955. His brief sf career continued and concluded with an sf novel, World without Women (1960) with Day Keene, about the violent consequences to the world of the loss of its women (see Women in SF), with the few remaining women kept under Dystopian constraints, though it is ...

Brown, Charles N

(1937-2009) US publisher and editor, an sf fan who began his involvement in the field in the 1950s and who remains best known for co-founding (with Ed Meskys and Dave Vanderwerf) and running the sf news magazine Locus in 1968, initially as a Fanzine (see Newszines) addressed primarily to fans in the Boston, Massachusetts area; but eventually expanding its remit until it became the default organ of record and source of reliable information for and about the entire field: dispensing news, ...


Swiss electronic pop band, comprising Dieter Meier (1945-    ) and Boris Blanc (1952-    ). Yello's music is stylistically varied but tends towards bright, upbeat, cartoonish musical primary colours. Their fourth album Stella (1985) includes their most famous single, "Oh Yeah", whose elasticated beats, intriguing combination of sounds and low-register gravelly singing is characteristic of the band. Of more SF Music genre interest is Pocket Universe ...

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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