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Short Circuit

Film (1986). Turman-Foster/Tri-Star. Directed by John Badham. Written by S S Wilson, Brent Maddock. Cast includes Steve Guttenberg, Brian McNamara, Ally Sheedy and Fisher Stevens. 98 minutes. Colour. / Military Robot Number Five, a prototype killing machine, is struck by lightning which endows it with sentience. It escapes from evil Nova Robotics, finding refuge with nice animal-lover Stephanie (Sheedy), who assumes it to be an Alien. It educates itself and is winsome. When she finds it is ...

Lin Yutang

Working name of Chinese-US author, essayist and academic Lin Yü-t'ang (1895-1976), his most important scholarly achievement (in strong contrast to his many volumes of popularized wisdom) being the Chinese-English Dictionary of Modern Usage (1972). In his one sf novel, The Unexpected Island (1955; vt Looking Beyond 1955), refugees from several world Holocausts establish a conservative Ruined Earth Utopia on an isolated Island. [JC]

Westwood, Alvin

Pseudonym of the unidentified UK author (?   -    ) of Sinister Forces (1953), a Space Opera in which the exploration of a wandering planet with dead inhabitants leads to a threat of interstellar War. [JC]

Footprints on the Moon

Film (1975; vt Le orme; Primal Impulse). Cinemarte. Produced by Luciano Preugia. Directed by Luigi Bazzoni and Mario Fanelli. Written by Bazzoni and Fanelli based on the novel Las Huellas by Fanelli. Cast includes Florinda Bolkan, Nicoletta Elmi, Kalus Kinski and Peter McEnry. 96 minutes, sometimes cut to 83 minutes. Colour with black and white sequences. / Alice Crespi (Bolkan) ia a Portuguese translator living in Rome. She awakens one day to find that she has a three-day long lapse in her ...

Frances, Stephen

(1917-1989) UK publisher and pulp author who lived in Spain from the early 1950s. In the mid-1940s he founded his own publishing company, Pendulum Publications, which released a variety of genre fiction, including sf. His sf line was the Pendulum "Popular" Spacetime Series, whose editor, Frank Arnold, introduced Frances to John Carnell, a meeting that led to the birth of New Worlds in 1946; but after only three issues the company was sold (and liquidated). / Frances then founded his own ...

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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