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Robinson, Kim Stanley

(1952-    ) US author who began writing sf stories with "Coming Back to Dixieland" and "In Pierson's Orchestra", both published in Orbit 18 (anth 1975) edited by Damon Knight. He initially published solely in shorter forms, releasing about ten stories before gaining his PhD in English at the University of California in 1982, studying under Fredric Jameson. In revised form, his thesis was later published as The Novels of Philip K. Dick (1984); thoroughly researched, at ease ...

Space Rangers

Videogame (2002). Elemental Games (EG). Platforms: Win. / Space Rangers is a Space Sim game which includes features from an eclectic range of game forms. Notably, menu-driven text Adventures are used for many sub missions, including ones set on planets, and the default turn-based space combat model is replaced by an arcade game resembling Spacewar (1962) inside Black Holes. The core gameplay focuses on exploration, trade, mining, diplomacy and combat within an impressively dynamic universe; ...

Dorea, Gumercindo Rocha

(1924-2021) Brazilian publisher regarded as the most important in the history of Brazilian sf, Gumercindo Rocha Dorea was born in Ilhéus, the town in the State of Bahia made famous by Jorge Amado's novels. Dorea was mainly responsible for the First Wave of Brazilian Science Fiction (1958-1972). / Dorea founded Edições GRD (today, GRD Edições) in 1956, and launched his coleção (a numbered book line) Ficção Científica GRD ...

Brown, J G

(1901-1990) New Zealand teacher and editor whose work in the latter capacity has not been restricted to sf. His Anthology, From Frankenstein to Andromeda (anth 1966), is a conscientious scouring of sf materials through a century and a half, including both short stories and excerpts from several novels ranging from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1818; rev 1831) to Fred Hoyle's and John Elliot's A for Andromeda (1962). [JC/DRL]


Film (1973; vt Ssssnake!). Zanuck-Brown/Universal. Produced by Dan Striepeke. Directed by Bernard L Kowalski. Written by Hal Dresner, based on a story by Striepeke. Cast includes Dirk Benedict, Strother Martin and Heather Menzies. 99 minutes. Colour. / In a period when most Monster Movies were spoofs, this competently made film is unusual for playing it straight despite the joky-seeming title. The obsessed Mad Scientist Dr Stoner (Martin) believes that only ophidians (snakes) will survive ...

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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