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Kabakov, Alexander

(1943-2020) Russian author in whose sf novella, No Return (1990 Iskusstvo Kino as "Nevozvrashchenets"; trans Thomas Whitney 1990 chap), an observer capable of Time Travel up the line reports back to his very Near Future audience that a failure to continue with perestroika will result in a savage Dystopia. [JC]

McQuay, Mike

Working name of US author Michael Dennis McQuay (1949-1995), who began to publish sf with his first novel, Life-Keeper (1980), which very competently presents the kind of scenario he unrelentingly promulgated in book after book: a noir world governed by corrupt forces; a tough, anarchic, street-wise male protagonist whose powers – and virtue – are very exceptional indeed; and a plot which gives plenty of opportunities for arena-like conflicts between that ...

Boyett, Steven R

(1960-    ) US screenwriter and author whose first novel, Ariel (1983; text restored 2009), is a fantasy, along with its direct sequel in the Ariel sequence, Elegy Beach (2009); his second novel, The Architect of Sleep (1986), is an sf tale set in a Parallel World occupied by an intricately and plausibly depicted species which has evolved (see Evolution) ...

Supersonic Saucer

Film (1956). Gaumont British Picture Corporation/British Lion Film Corporation. Directed by Guy Fergusson. Written by Dallas Bower from a story by Frank Wells. Cast includes Fella Edmonds, Gillian Harrison, Tony Lyons and Marcia Monolescue. 50 minutes. Black and white. / A small, friendly Alien from Venus is found and "adopted" by a group of schoolchildren from an English countryside school. The alien is pursued by criminals who ...

Release the Spyce

Japanese animated tv series (2018). Lay-duce. Created by Sorasaki F, Takahiro and Namori. Directed by Akira Sato. Written by Aoi Akashiro and Takahiro. Voice cast includes Yukari Anzai, Akane Fujita, Shizuka Ito, Yuri Noguchi, Manami Numakura, Aya Suzaki, Risa Taneda and Aya Uchida. Twelve 25-minute episodes. Colour. / The Tsukikage crime fighting team comprises six ninja schoolgirls whose enhanced skills come from a Drug called ...

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 ...

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