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Blade Runner

Film (1982). Blade Runner Partnership-Ladd Co.-Sir Run Run Shaw/Warner. Directed by Ridley Scott. Written by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples, based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) by Philip K Dick. Cast includes Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Rutger Hauer, William Sanderson and Sean Young. 113-117 minutes, depending on version. Colour. / In a future Los Angeles (see California), Rick Deckard (Ford), whose job it is to destroy renegade "replicants" (Androids), has to hunt down ...

Time Police

There are many fictional sf organizations whose brief is to regulate Time Travel and attempt to nullify dangerous Time Paradoxes or rewritings of history through Changewar. Inevitably the time police also work to guard their own existence. An early story in Poul Anderson's Time Patrol series, "Delenda Est" (December 1955 F&SF), features some soul-searching about the elimination of an alternate – and in several ways attractive – timeline which through no fault of its inhabitants ...

Dean, Roger

(1944-    ) UK illustrator. He has worked primarily a commercial designer, especially of posters and record-album covers, which show a strong Fantasy influence; his best-known works in this area are undoubtedly his album covers for the rock group Yes, and he has also done covers for Videogames. On a few occasions he has produced sf and fantasy Illustration, displaying a style that is strong, romantic and mannered; he typically contrasts very finely detailed figures and ...

Jonathan, Norton Hughes

(1914-1990) US author, mostly of adventure tales for boys. The "ghost gang" in Dan Hyland, Police Reporter (1936) is rationalized; but the Lost Race City in The Lost Empire; Or, Larry Hannon Carries On (1934), part of the Eagle Scouts series, is duly discovered in Nepal and dealt with. [JC]

Williams, Lynda

(1958-    ) Canadian author most of whose work is set in the Okal Rel Universe, intentionally created as a Shared World of future interstellar conflict between rival cultures whose roots lie in Earth's past Colonization of Other Worlds, with a touch of Medieval Futurism in its ruling Houses, princes and empires. The first-published volume Throne Price (2003) with Alison Sinclair is Williams's sf debut but fourth in the chronology of the main Okal Rel saga [see Checklist ...

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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