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Pouns, Brauna E

The pseudonym of a group of US authors who wrote Amerika: The Triumph of the American Spirit (1987), a Tie to the Television series Amerika (1987), in which the USSR – ten years after crippling her Communications networks and mounting a successful Invasion of America – dominates a balkanized continent. The story ends in Heartland, the only territory that remains untamed, with hints that any sequels (none were made) might begin to articulate this resistance in Military SF terms. ...

Mayhew, Julie

(?   -    ) UK actor, playwright and author whose first novel, the Young Adult Red Ink (2013), engages peripherally with supernatural material. Her second novel, The Big Lie (2015), is a Hitler Wins tale set in an Alternate History Britain under German rule around 2014, and conflates its protagonist's coming of age with the gradual growth of her understanding that the world she lives in is evil, and may destroy her; it won the long-form Sidewise Award for ...

Tolman, Edward C

(1886-1959) US psychologist, a sometimes reluctant associate of B F Skinner, whose theories of behaviourism seemed excessively reductive; he is best known for his successful suit against the University of California for attempting to fire him because of his refusal to sign a McCarthy-era loyalty oath. His measured assessments of the relationship between Psychology and the course of history appear in Drives Toward War (1942) which, though essentially nonfiction, contains lightly fictionalized ...

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Film (1991). Lightstorm/Carolco/Tri-Star. Produced, directed and written by James Cameron. Executive producers Mario Kassar, Gale Anne Hurd. Cast includes Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton, Joe Morton, Robert Patrick and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Written by Cameron, William Wisher. 135 minutes. Colour. / A decade after The Terminator (1984), two more Terminators (human-seeming killer Robots) have been sent back to the present from the human-machine wars of 2029 CE, one to eliminate John Connor, ...

Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman

Made-for-tv movie (1993), first screened December 1993. Home Box Office/Warner Bros Television/Bartleby Ltd. Produced by Debra Hill. Directed by Christopher Guest. Written by Joseph Dougherty, based on the screenplay of Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958) written by Mark Hanna. Cast includes Daniel Baldwin, Christi Conaway, Frances Fisher, Daryl Hannah and William Windom. 89 minutes. Colour. / This is a remake of a rather dim affair from 1958 with (approximately) the same title, directed by ...

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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