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Waberi, Abdourahman A

(1965-    ) Djiboutian journalist and author, mostly in France from around 1985; Le Pays sans ombre (coll 1994; trans Jeanne Garane as The Land Without Shadows 2005) assembles nonfantastic stories set in his native land. He is of sf interest for Aux États-Unis d'Afrique: Roman (2006; trans David and Nicole Ball as In the United States of Africa 2009), an Alternate World tale whose history (there is no Jonbar Point) is in a sense a mirror reversal of our own. The flow ...

Grainer, Ron

(1922-1981) Australian-born composer and musician, resident in the UK from the 1950s. Grainer's most enduring work is the theme to the BBC TV series Doctor Who (1963-current), created in collaboration with Delia Derbyshire of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. He also composed the themes for the television shows The Prisoner (1967-1968) and Joe 90 (1968-1969), as well as the soundtrack for the film version of Leonard Wibberley's The Mouse on the Moon (1963). His score for The Omega Man (1971), ...

Giant Spider Invasion, The

Film (1975). Group 75/Transcentury. Directed by Bill Rebane. Written by Robert Easton, Richard L Huff. Cast includes Steve Brodie, Alan Hale, Barbara Hale and Leslie Parrish. 76 minutes. Colour. / Noted by one critic, Michael Weldon, as the Monster Movie with the worst special effects since The Giant Claw (1957), this is fondly remembered as the one where the giant spider was built out of a modified Volkswagen Beetle. The spiders, whose eggs are mistaken for diamonds by a greedy farmer, ...

Sanders, Joseph L

(1940-    ) US academic, who often writes as Joe Sanders; his E E "Doc" Smith (1986) is a competent study of E E Smith, and Roger Zelazny: A Primary and Secondary Bibliography (1980) was a useful early tool in Roger Zelazny studies; it has not, however, been updated to cover the last fifteen years of his career. Michael Bishop and the Persistence of Wonder: A Critical Study of the Writings (2021) rightly takes Michael Bishop's humane intensity as central to his long career. ...

Collins, Suzanne

(1962-    ) US screenwriter for Television and author whose first series – the Young Adult Underland Chronicles beginning with Gregor the Overlander (2003; vt Gregor and the Rats of Underland 2006) and ending with Gregor and the Code of the Claw (2007) – sets its young protagonist on a quest for his sister down a rabbit-hole-like Portal into an Underground world beneath New York, an Urban Fantasy domain that operates on Wonderland principles and is populated 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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