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Hubschman, Thomas

(1941-    ) US author of two Space Opera adventures, Alpha-II (dated 1979 but 1980) and Space Ark (1981); the latter attempts, with some ambition, to conflate complex Apes as Human issues on a threatened Earth some time in the future, but tends to melodramatics that, in the light of the New Space Opera now ascendant, seem simplistic. [JC]

Lapine, Warren

(1964-    ) US heavy-metal musician (prior to his publishing career), author, editor and Small Press publisher who began to publish work of genre interest with "Desolation" for the Fanzine The Equinox in 1992. He has occasionally used the pseudonym Jamie Wild for stories published in his own magazines, in particular Absolute Magnitude [see below]. Nineteen of his stories are assembled as Just Like the Jetsons (coll 2006). / Lapine's greatest importance to the genre is as ...

Roberts, Tony

Working name of British artist Anthony Roberts (1950-    ), occasionally bylined thus but more often credited as Tony Roberts. After receiving artistic training at Wolverhampton College of Art from 1967 to 1969, and at Ravensbourne College of Art from 1969 to 1972, he almost immediately began painting sf book covers. While his first two covers – for a 1973 edition of Ralph Blum's The Simultaneous Man (1970) and a 1973 edition of Philip K Dick's Ubik (1969) – ...

VR.5

Tv series (1995; vt VR5). Samoset Productions with Rysher Entertainment for the Fox Television Network. Created by Jeannine Renshaw. Produced by Adam Cherry, Jack Clements, others. Directors include Rob Bowman, Jim Charleston and Michael Katleman. Writers include Naomi Janzen, Renshaw and John Sacret Young. Cast includes Michael Easton, Louise Fletcher, Anthony Head, David McCallum, Tracy Needham, Will Patton and Lori Singer. 13 45-minute episodes. Colour. / The central character is Sydney ...

Daikaijū Gamera

Film (1965; vt Gamera). Daiei. Directed by Noriaki Yuasa. Written by Fumi Takahashi. Cast includes Albert Dekker (US version), Brian Donlevy (US version), Diane Findlay (US version), Eiji Funakoshi and Harumi Kiritachi. 88 minutes. Colour. / This was Daiei Studios' answer to the enormously successful Gojira ["Godzilla"] films from Toho Studios. Gamera is a giant prehistoric turtle, restored to life by nuclear testing. It attacks Tokyo, naturally, but is captured and sent into space. The US ...

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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