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Martin, Philip

(1938-2020) UK screenwriter and author, best known for his creation of the crime series, Gangsters (1975-1978). He also wrote some scripts in the Doctor Who universe, as well as some Ties, beginning with Doctor Who – Vengeance on Varos (1988); Doctor Who – Mission to Magnus (1990) was based on his own unfilmed script from 1985. His collection of essays and interviews with authors including Ray Bradbury and Ursula K Le Guin, The Writer's Guide to Fantasy Literature: From Dragon's ...

Cameron, Kenneth M

(1931-    ) US author of two unremarkable sf thrillers, Power Play (1979) under his own name and The Sunset Gun (1983) as by George Bartram; both are set in the Near Future, the latter features the eponymous deadly Weapon. [JC]

Iczer One

Japanese Original Video Animation (OVA) (1985-1987). AIC. Based on the Manga by Aran Rei. Directed and written by Toshiki Hirano. Voice cast includes Arisa Andō, Kaneto Shiozawa, Mayumi Shō, Keiko Toda, Naoko Watanabe and Yuriko Yamamoto. Three 30-48 minute episodes. Colour. / Having lost their homeworld, the Alien Cthulhu desire a new place to live, travelling the universe in their Spaceship, most of their population held in Suspended Animation. They begin to despair, but then a ...

House of Frankenstein

1. Film (1944). See Frankenstein. / 2. US tv mini-series (1997; vt House of Frankenstein 1997). Universal Television Entertainment for NBC-TV. Produced by Michael R Joyce. Directed by Peter Werner. Written by J B White. Cast includes Peter Crombie, Adrian Pasdar, Teri Polo, CCH Pounder and Greg Wise. 168 minutes. Colour. / In late 1990s Los Angeles (see California), police detective Vernon Coyle is investigating a series of bizarre murders whose victims have been either completely ...

Mian, Mary

(1902-2001) US translator and author, sometimes using her full name Mary Lawrence Shipman Mian, almost exclusively of Young Adult fantasy tales; she is of sf interest for The Net to Catch War (1975), whose young protagonists are sent 100 years into the past by a Time Travel device, finding themselves on the Santa Fe Trail, where they become involved with the historical Captain St George Cooke (1809-1895) in the Mexican-American War (1846-1848). The tone of Mian's telling of a potentially grim ...

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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