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Man's Best Friend

Film (1993). New Line Cinema/Roven-Cavello Entertainment. Written and directed by John Lafia. Cast includes John Cassini, Robert Costanzo, Lance Henriksen, Fredric Lehne and Ally Sheedy. 87 minutes. Colour. / Routine sf/horror movie, with moments of black humour: Dr Jarret (Henriksen) has been performing animal experiments at the EMAX research lab, and has created a super killer guard dog through DNA splicing, some of the imported genes coming from other species (see Genetic Engineering). ...

Holder, C F

(1851-1915) US naturalist, sportsman and author, mostly of nonfiction on nature or sport or both; two Young Adult tales are of sf interest: The Treasure Divers: A Boy's Adventures in the Depths of the Sea (1898), involving an Invention and mysteries Under the Sea; and The Adventures of Torqua: Being the Life and Remarkable Adventures of Three Boys, Refugees on the Island of Santa Catalina (Pimug-na), in the Eighteenth Century (1902), a Lost Race tale set in a romanticized eighteenth-century ...

Black, Ladbroke

(1877-1940) UK author of much boys' fiction, often as Lionel Day or Paul Urquhart, and thrillers, including some Sexton Blake Library novels, including The Strange Affair of the Rejuvenation Club (1928 chap) as Anonymous, in which the sf element turns out to be a criminous hoax; he also wrote occasionally as Ladbroke Lionel Day Black. He had begun publishing as early as 1902, though he put nothing of sf interest into book form until The Wager (1927), a marginal Ruritanian romance. The Buried ...

Miller, Marc

(1947-    ) US Game designer, inducted into the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design Hall of Fame in 1981. Miller was an important figure in the early development of the US Role Playing Game and Wargame industries, both as a founder of Game Designers' Workshop – one of the earliest companies enthusiastic about creating science-fictional games – and as the designer of the influential Triplanetary (1973), one of the first designs he had published. He has ...

Derleth, August

(1909-1971) US author and editor, born in Sauk City, Wisconsin, where he spent his life. A correspondent with and devout admirer of H P Lovecraft, he devoted much of his life to projects aimed at preserving Lovecraft's memory. The most important of these projects was of course the founding, with Donald Wandrei, of the publishing company Arkham House in Sauk City in order to publish Lovecraft's stories; Wandrei later resigned his interest, but Derleth carried on until his death, publishing a ...

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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