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Smith, Gavin [1]

(?   -   ) Author, apparently US-based, of the novel DogFellow's Ghost (2008), which depicts the lives of surgically engineered creatures (see Uplift) on a Pacific Island after their "Master" has abandoned them. The tale reads almost as a grim Sequel by Other Hands to H G Wells's The Island of Dr Moreau (1896). Smith should not be confused with the Scots author Gavin G Smith. [JC]

Operation Ganymed

Film (1977). Pentagrama/Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen. Written and directed by Rainer Erler. Cast includes Horst Frank, Uwe Friedrichsen, Claud Theo Gaestner, Dieter Laser, Jurgen Prochnow and Vicky Roskilly. 126 minutes, cut to 120 minutes. Colour. / This grim German film emerges as a realist response to fantasies like Planet of the Apes (1968). On their return to Earth, five survivors of a three-ship, 21-man mission to Ganymede crashland off the Gulf of Mexico and, lost in the desert, turn ...

Falling Skies

US tv series (2011-current). Created by Robert Rodat. Producers include Rodat, Steven Spielberg, Greg Beeman, and Graham Yost. Directors include Beeman, Fred Toye, and Sergio Mimica-Gezzan. Writers include Rodat, Yost, and Melinda Hsu Taylor. Cast includes Noah Wyle as Tom Mason, Will Patton as Captain Weaver, Moon Bloodgood as Dr Anne Glass, Peter Shinkoda as Dai, Mpho Koaho as Anthony, Seychelle Gabriel as Lourdes, Sarah Carter as Margaret, Drew Roy as Hal Mason, Connor Jessup as Ben Mason, ...

Science Fiction Series

A series of eighteen pamphlets published between 1929 and 1932 by Hugo Gernsback's Stellar Publishing Corporation, and seemingly edited by him. The pamphlets were either 24 or 28 pages long, and were published without cover illustrations, though early ads do show illustrated covers for the first twelve, which were in the event internally illustrated (#1-#6 by Frank R Paul). Most volumes contained a single novelette, like Jack Williamson and Miles J Breuer's The Girl from Mars (1929 chap), or ...

Olshaker, Mark

(1951-    ) US FBI officer (retired 1995) and author of several Technothrillers; of sf interest is Einstein's Brain (1981), in which aspects of the brain of Alfred Einstein are implanted by neurosurgery into a scientist, a writer and a rabbi (see Identity Transfer), leading to a form of gestalt capable of continuing Einstein's work in the 1980s. [JC]

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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