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Cohen, Larry

(1934-2019) US film-maker. A cult figure as much for the wildness of his ideas as for the sporadic brilliance of his direction, Cohen has never tried to graduate to the mainstream in the way contemporaries like David Cronenberg or Brian De Palma have, and turns out as many curate's eggs as low-budget masterpieces. Originally a television writer, he early discovered Paranoia in his creation of the Western show Branded (1965-1966) and the sf show The Invaders (1967-1968), both featuring ...

Liss, David

(1966-    ) US comics writer and author, most of whose novels have been historical thrillers, beginning with A Conspiracy of Paper (2000), most featuring Benjamin Weaver [not listed below]. A Young Adult series, the Randoms sequence beginning with Randoms (2015), a slightly helter-skelter though deliberately comic narrative whose young protagonist Zeke discovers that the sf he had devoured when even younger was literally true (for a different unfolding of this basic topos, ...

Weather Control

The human dream of controlling the weather is an old one. It appears in Proto SF in Samuel Johnson's Rasselas (1759), in the unreliable words of a Mad Scientist astronomer: "I have possessed, for five years, the regulation of weather, and the distribution of seasons: the sun has listened to my dictates, and passed, from tropick to tropick, by my direction; the clouds, at my call have poured their waters...." / Jane Loudon's anonymously published The Mummy! A Tale of the Twenty-Second ...

Ganthony, Richard

(1856-1924) UK playwright and author of the sf play, A Message from Mars: A Fantastic Comedy in Three Acts (performed 1899), which was first published in novelized form as A Message from Mars: A Story Founded on the Popular Play by Richard Ganthony (1912) by Lester Lurgan, and in something like its original form as A Message from Mars: A Fantastic Comedy in Three Acts (1923 chap), which was a revision of the original script. It was filmed twice, both times as A Message from Mars (1913 and ...

Norwood, Warren C

(1945-2005) US bookseller and author who has normally published as Warren Norwood, sometimes as Warren C Norwood; due to a publisher's error, some titles were published as by Warren G Norwood. After a number of years in bookselling, during which period he published some not particularly distinguished poetry, Norwood began his sf career with the Windhover Tapes sequence – The Windhover Tapes: An Image of Voices (1982), The Windhover Tapes: #2: Flexing the Warp (1983), The Windhover Tapes: ...

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. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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