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Hinz, Christopher

(1951-    ) US author who made a considerable impact with the Paratwa sequence: Liege-Killer (1987) – which won the Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Memorial Award for Best First Novel – Ash Ock (1989) and The Paratwa (1991). From the first, the sequence gives off a sense of professional polish and hurry, densely packing a wide variety of 1980s adventure-sf ...


Film (1934; vt L'Or). UFA. Directed by Karl Hartl. Written by Rolf E Vanloo. Cast includes Hans Albers, Michael Bohnen, Lien Deyers, Brigitte Helm and Friedrich Kayssler. 120 minutes. Black and white. / This German film was made by much the same team that had made F.P.1 Antwortet Nicht two years earlier, but is more spectacular and also more nationalistic. German scientists are hired by a megalomaniac Scottish tycoon who wishes to ...

Alien: Covenant

Film (2017). 20th Century Fox presents a Brandywine Productions, TSG Entertainment and Scott Free Productions film. Directed by Ridley Scott. Written by Michael Green, Dante Harper, John Logan, Dan O'Bannon, Jack Paglen and Ronald Shusett. Cast includes Billy Crudup, Michael Fassbender, Danny McBride and Katherine Waterston. 122 minutes. Colour. / A Spaceship containing a skeleton crew, one thousand human embryos and ...

Tolkin, Michael

(1950-    ) US director, screenwriter and author, notable for his skill as a story doctor; best known for the nonfantastic The Player (1988) whose film version, The Player (1992) directed by Robert Altman, he also scripted. Of the several films for whose scripts he is at least partially responsible, Deep Impact (1998) is of sf interest. He also wrote and directed the adaptation of Robert A ...

Levinrew, Will

Pseudonym of US author William Levine (1881-?   ), who seems to have been active in the late 1920s and 1930s, publishing several crime novels during this period, usually featuring the deductive exploits of the elderly Professor Herman Brierly. Seemingly unnatural events and murders are usually brought back to the mundane by the professor, though The Poison Plague (5 August 1922 Argosy All-Story Weekly; 1929) edges into sf as ...

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. ...

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