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1. Short film (1984). Walt Disney Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company). Directed by Tim Burton. Written by Lenny Ripps, from Burton's outline. Cast includes Paul Bartel, Shelley Duvall, Barret Oliver and Daniel Stern. 30 minutes. Black and white. / Victor Frankenstein (Oliver), a ten-year-old amateur filmmaker in a picket-fence neighbourhood, brings his dead dog back to life with the power of electricity; the neighbours are initially repelled, but come round after Sparky, pursued with ...

Frost, Jason

A Zebra Books House Name, used almost exclusively by US author Raymond Obstfeld for the Warlord sequence of Post-Holocaust sf adventures typical in theme and style of most Survivalist Fiction of the 1980s: The Warlord (1983), The Warlord #2: The Cutthroat (1984), The Warlord #3: Badland (1984), The Warlord #4: Prisonland (1985) and The Warlord #5: Terminal Island (1985). The final instalment, The Warlord #6: Killer's Keep (1987), was by Rich Rainey writing as Jason Frost. A singleton film tie, ...

Raymond, James F

(1826-?   ) US author of two Lost Race tales. The Lost Colony (1891), set during the American Civil War, is of limited interest as a lost race tale, the previously undiscovered Island in the Atlantic Ocean being inhabited by shipwrecked Puritans, though the agrarian Utopia they have created is well described. Though not coherently assembled, The Old Mountain Hermit (fixup 1904) interestingly describes the discovery of a fossilized bodies in India, along with a tablet which when ...

Tani Kōshū

(1951-    ) Seiun Award-winning Japanese author in multiple genres, a graduate in civil engineering from the Osaka Institute of Technology, whose work, in retrospect, largely divides into a sprawling Military SF Future History and a set of Near-Future Technothrillers; not included here are several historical military novels, contemporary spy adventures and tales of mountaineering and mountaineers, just as lauded in their own fields but outside the scope of this encyclopedia. ...

Proehl, Bob

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel, the non-fantastic A Hundred Thousand Worlds (2016), weaves a complex family romance into an on-the-road hegira to a Comics Convention, whose rule-bound mores are both constrictive and liberating. He is of sf interest for his second novel, The Nobody People (2019), which depicts a father and his family coping first with the realization that his teen-aged daughter Emmeline possesses Superpowers, and then that she belongs ...

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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