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Stone, Leslie F

Pseudonym of US author born Leslie Frances Rubenstein (1905-1991), who for her sf work adapted her writer mother's own pseudonym, Lillian Spellman Stone; in her non-writing life, she took the surname of the journalist William Silberberg, whom she had married in 1927. She began publishing light nonfantastic fiction as early as 1920; her first sf tale, "Men with Wings" for Air Wonder Stories in 1929, describes from an anti- ...

Jessica Jones

US online tv series (2015-2019). Tall Girls Productions in association with ABC Studios and Marvel Studios for Netflix. Created by Melissa Rosenberg. Adapted from the Marvel Max Comic book Alias by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos (28 issues, 2001-2004). Writers include Ruth Atkinson, Dana Baratta, Brian Michael Bendis, Otto Binder, John Byrne, Chris Claremont, Liz Friedman, Michael Gaydos, Archie Goodwin, ...

Killer Shrews, The

Film (1959; vt Attack of the Killer Shrews). Hollywood Pictures Corporation/McLendon-Radio Pictures Distributing Corporation. Produced by Gordon McLendon and Ken Curtis. Directed by Ray Kellogg. Written by Jay Simms from his original story. Cast includes James Best, Ken Curtis, Alfredo DeSoto, "Judge" Henry Dupree, Ingrid Goulde, Baruch Lumet and Gordon McLendon. 69 minutes. Black and white. / Private cargo sailor Thorne Shipman (Best) and his first mate (Griswold) deliver supplies ...

Walker, W H

Pseudonym of UK-born surveyor, politician, journalist and author George Ranken (1827-1895), mainly in Australia from 1851; some of his journalism was published as by Capricornus. The Invasion (1877) as by W H Walker relocates the Battle of Dorking mode to Australia, where a Near Future Invasion by Russia is expeditiously repulsed by the savvy Australian soldiery. [JC]

Valentine, James

(1961-    ) Australian author whose Young Adult JumpMan sequence, beginning with JumpMan: Rule 1: Don't Touch Anything (2002), is predicated to comic effect on the fantasy rule that the Hero of a tale must do that which is forbidden. In very loose sf terms, the Time Travel stories of the series follow the consequences of this rule. [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. ...

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