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Super Sentai

Super Sentai (original title Sūpā Sentai Shirīzu), is a long-running (1975-current) Superhero franchise in the Tokusatsu genre, made by the Toei Company: it also includes the Power Rangers (1993-current) series. It is as of January 2021 the world's 32nd highest-grossing media franchise. The first two series, Himitsu Sentai Gorenger (1975-1977) and J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai (1977) – the latter discussed in the entry for the former – were not originally treated as part of the ...

Dunsany, Lord

Working name of Edward Plunkett (1878-1957), Baron Dunsany (from the death of his father in 1899), prolific Irish author of stories, novels, essays and plays, in active service during World War One. Though primarily a writer of Fantasy, he is of sf interest through the widespread influence of his language and imagery, and through the spoof sf explanations and premises sometimes discernible in his short fiction, including the Jorkens tales (see below). The one-act play The Jest of Hahalaba ...

Hyne, C J Cutcliffe

(1866-1944) UK author who also wrote as by Aunt Ermyntrude (an advice to the lovelorn column) and as by Weatherby Chesney. He began producing work of sf interest with Beneath Your Very Boots: Being a Few Striking Episodes from the Life of Anthony Merlwood Haltoun, Esq (1889), a Lost-World tale set in caves under England, where a clement Underground quasi-Utopia has been established by refugees from the world above, who defend themselves through advanced Technology. His second novel is a ...

Kavenna, Joanna

(?   -    ) UK journalist and author some of whose novels make sophisticated use of the SF Megatext, like her second, The Birth of Love (2010), where an intense narrative analysis and presentation of the nature of childbirth is broken into four sequences, the first three of them nonfantastic. The fourth narrative is set in a Dystopian Near Future, a world devastated by Climate Change, with much of the sequence given over to the kind of interrogatory interview ...

AVP Alien vs Predator

Film (2004). Twentieth Century Fox presents a Davis Entertainment Company/Brandywine production. Directed by Paul W S Anderson. Written by Anderson, from a screen story by Anderson, Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett, based on the Alien (1979) characters created by O'Bannon and Shusett and the Predator (1987) characters created by Jim Thomas and John Thomas. Cast includes Raoul Bova, Ewen Bremner, Lance Henriksen and Sanaa Lathan. 101 minutes. Collector's Edition, 108 minutes. Colour. / From ...

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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