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Alderman, Gill

Working name of UK author Gillian Alderman (1941-    ), who worked in microelectronics research until 1984, and began publishing sf with the first two volumes of her Guna sequence – The Archivist: A Black Romance (1989) and The Land Beyond: A Fable (1990) – which established her very rapidly as a figure of interest in the field. As usual in the Planetary Romance, Guna – the world in which the tales are set – is heavily foregrounded throughout both ...


Film (1993). Shah/Jensen and Imperial Entertainment. Produced by Ash R Shah, Eric Karson and Tom Karnowski. Directed by Albert Pyun. Written by Rebecca Charles. Cast includes Olivier Gruner, Merle Kennedy, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa and Tim Thomerson. 96 minutes. Colour. / This very violent, low-budget, straight-to-video, exploitation action-adventure movie, directed by straight-to-video specialist Pyun, has one element of sf interest. At a time when, despite all the publicity given to them, ...

Last Starfighter, The

Film (1984). Lorimar/Universal. Directed by Nick Castle. Written by Jonathan Betuel. Cast includes Lance Guest, Dan O'Herlihy, Robert Preston, Norman Snow and Catherine Mary Stewart. 101 minutes. Colour. / In this cheerful, derivative wish-fulfilment story, Alex (Guest), who lives in a trailer park, is a teenage whiz at computer arcade games. Attaining the highest-ever score on the Starfighter game, he is conscripted (though at first refusing) by its inventor, an alien (Preston), to play a ...

Peters, Ludovic

Pseudonym of German-born UK screenwriter and author Peter Brent (1931-1984), in the UK from an early age; author of one Avengers episode, "The Secrets Broker" (1 February 1964). One of his political thrillers, Riot '71 (1967), posits a Near-Future racist crisis in an economically battered UK, which is described as a Dystopia in the making. [JC]

Star Blaster

US letter-size Cinema magazine printed on newsprint. Publisher: Windsor Communications Incorporated. No editor named. Ten (?) issues from 1983 to 1986. Publication schedule was roughly quarterly. / This title, one of several attempting to emulate such Media Magazines as Fantastic Films and Starlog, did so with modest success. Films covered included E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) and Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983). At least ...

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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