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Herrman, Louis

(1883-1980) UK-born zoologist and author, in South Africa from the early years of the twentieth century; he is the author of a Gulliver tale (see Jonathan Swift), In the Sealed Cave: Being a Modern Commentary on a Strange Discovery Made by Captain Lemuel Gulliver in the Year 1721 and Now Published from Manuscript Notes Recently Come to Light. A Scientific Fantasy (1935), the discovery being that of a tribe of Neanderthals (see Evolution; Lost Race; Prehistoric SF) on a Island in the Pacific. ...

Mutants and Masterminds

Role Playing Game (2002). Green Ronin Publishing (GRP). Designed by Steve Kenson. / Mutants and Masterminds is a generic Superhero RPG, a descendant of Champions (1981). While the system is based on d20 (2000), significant changes have been made to adapt the rules to a Superhero milieu. As a result, the game makes use of the "Open Gaming License" but not of the full d20 trademark, an approach which has become increasingly popular as disputes over the terms of the d20 license have become ...

Lilo & Stitch

Animated film (2002). Walt Disney Animation Studios (see The Walt Disney Company). Directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois. Written by Sanders and DeBlois from an idea by Sanders. Cast includes Tia Carrere, Daveigh Chase and Sanders. 82 minutes. Colour. / Disney's first great film of the twenty-first century. Stitch (Sanders) is the product of illegal Genetic Engineering by a Mad Scientist; designed as a Weapon of war, he is essentially a naughty child with Superpowers. When the Galactic ...

Walker, Alice

(1944-    ) US author best known for novels like The Color Purple (1982), exploring from a Feminist perspective the fate of being Black in America. One of the protagonists of The Temple of My Familiar (1989), an extremely long Fabulation, is immortal (see Immortality) or has suffered numerous incarnations (see Reincarnation), and the tales she tells embody a savage indictment of racism (see Race in SF) and patriarchal dominance over the centuries. Counteracting this, deep ...


US letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine printed on newsprint. One undated issue published 1976. Countrywide Communications. No editor named. / One of several one-issue magazines issued to capitalize on the interest in King Kong (1976), this consisted largely of photographs from the original King Kong (1933) along with some short articles. It was subtitled "the most famous monster of all time." [GSt] see also: Media Magazines. /

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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