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Tetsuo II: Bodyhammer

Film (1991). Kaiju Theatre Production for Toshiba EMI. Co-executive producer, director, co-cinematographer, editor, screenplay Shinya Tsukamoto. Cast includes Nobu Kanaoka, Tomoroh Taguchi, Tsukamoto and Toraemon Utazawa. 83 minutes. Colour. / This is in many ways a remake two-years later of Tetsuo, this time with professional backing and shot in colour. An office-worker (Taguchi, who also starred in the previous film) who is Amnesiac about his childhood is maddened by the kidnapping and ...

Enemy Mine

Film (1985). Kings Road Entertainment/Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by Wolfgang Petersen. Written by Edward Khmara, based on Enemy Mine (September 1979 Asimov's; 1989 chap dos) by Barry B Longyear. Cast includes Louis Gossett Jr and Dennis Quaid. 108 minutes, cut to 93 minutes. Colour. / During a space battle between humans and the reptilian (and hermaphroditic) Dracs, two pilots, one from each species, crashland on an inimical planet. The human (Quaid) and the Drac (Gossett) first try to ...

Swainston, Steph

(1974-    ) UK author whose Castle sequence beginning with The Year of Our War (2004), though clearly understandable as Fantasy, does in fact inhabit a Multiverse some of whose iterations are clearly worlds understandable in sf terms. A hint of Medieval Futurism suffuses some of these worlds, and leads to the apprehension that the central story may itself be couched within a larger frame; but one of them is a Wonderland [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] ...

Richards, Joel

Pseudonym of US author Joel Richard Fruchtman (1937-    ), who began publishing sf with "Speedplay" for Amazing in 1980 and has published subsequent stories in original anthologies. In his sf novel, Pindharee (1986), an officer in a human-dominated Galactic Empire must decide whether or not to disobey orders and fail to exterminate a peaceful Alien civilization. [JC]

Walker, Jerry

(?   -?   ) US author of the Lawrence Marley Sequence of Near Future thrillers comprising Mission Accomplished: A Novel of 1950 (1947) and A Date with Destiny (1949); Colonel Marley, chief of an American counter-intelligence unit, defends his native land from foreign intrigues as the Cold War begins to intensify and World War Threeseems imminent. [JC]

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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