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Last Dinosaur, The

Made-for-tv film (1977). Rankin/Bass Productions-Tsuburaya Productions for ABC-TV. Produced by Jules Bass. Directed by Alexander Grasshoff, Tsugunobu Kotani (credited as Tom Kotani). Written by William Overgard. Cast includes Richard Boone, Steven Keats (Chuck Wade), Tetsu Nakamura, Luther Rackley (Bunta) and Joan Van Ark. 106 minutes, cut to 95 minutes. Colour. / Masten Thrust Jr (Boone) is a billionaire oil company owner and big-game hunter whose company has discovered an Underground Lost ...

Walters, Nick

(?   -    ) UK author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Sad Professor" in Perfect Timing (anth 1998) edited by Helen Fale and Mark Phippen, but who has since concentrated almost exclusively on Ties contributed to the Doctor Who universe, beginning with Dry Pilgrimage (1998) in the Doctor Who New Adventures subseries. [JC]

Bacon, Walter

(?   -    ) Author known only for his single sf novel for Robert Hale Limited, The Last Experiment (1974). [DRL]

Sanders, George A

(1836-1909) US author whose riposte to Edward Bellamy, Reality: Or, Law and Order vs Anarchy and Socialism: A Reply to Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward and Equality (1898), argues that the labouring poor are not in truth all that poor, and in any case are motivated to work primarily by noble ideals. [JC]

Cowboy Bebop

Japanese animated tv series (1998-1999). Sunrise, Bandai Visual. Directed by Shinichirō Watanabe. Written by Keiko Nobumoto and others. Voice cast includes Megumi Hayashibara, Unshō Ishizuka and Kōichi Yamadera. 26 episodes of 25 minutes. Colour. / In the year 2071, the Solar system is home to a colourful melting-pot (but largely Chinese) diaspora, made possible by localized Hyperspace gateways. Earth, however, is off-limits, as the result of hazardous meteorite strikes ...

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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