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Stevens-Arce, James

(1945-    ) James Stevens-Arce, is perhaps the first Puerto Rican to publish sf, and the most prolific. Stevens-Arce has dedicated his life to textual creation, by writing screen-plays, commercials, short stories or novels; and in diverse genres: crime, fantasy, horror, sf, realism. He has mostly published in English, and has lived most of his life between the mainland and San Juan de Puerto Rico. Up to 1990 he used the shortened working name James A Stevens. / ...

Ballard, J G

(1930-2009) UK author, born in Shanghai and as a child interned in a Japanese civilian POW camp during World War Two. He first came to the UK in December 1945, and read medicine at King's College, Cambridge, but left without taking a degree. He began publishing sf with simultaneous stories in each of E J Carnell's two sf magazines: "Escapement" for New Worlds and "Prima Belladonna" for Science Fantasy, both December 1956. From the first, his writing was influenced by the Surrealist painters and ...

Jetsons, The

US animated tv series (1962-1963) for the ABC network. Hanna-Barbera Productions. Produced and directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. Writers include Tony Benedict, Barry E Blitzer, Harvey Bullock, Warren Foster, Michael Maltese, Larry Markes, more. Animation director: Charles Nichols. Animators include Hugh Fraser, Dick Lundy, Carlo Vinci, more. Voices include George O'Hanlon, Penny Singleton, Janet Waldo, Daws Butler, Jean VanderPyl, Mel Blanc, Don Messick, more. First series 24 ...

Inland Empire

Film (2006). A Studio Canal production in association with Camerimage and Asymmetrical Productions. Written and directed by David Lynch. Cast includes Laura Dern, Karolina Gruszka, Jeremy Irons, Krzysztof Majchrzak, Julia Ormond, Harry Dean Stanton, Justin Theroux and Grace Zabriskie. 180 minutes. Colour. / A Los Angeles-based actor (Dern) adopts the persona of her character in the remake of a cursed film to enter a kind of Time Gate contained within the amorphous and shifting Dimensions of ...

Pearl, Jack

(1923-1992) US author of the Space Eagle sequence, comprising The Space Eagle: Operation Doomsday (1967) and The Space Eagle: Operation Star Voyage (1967), and Tied, unusually, to an individual, Raymond J Meurer. The stories are written for the Young Adult market and involve Inventions implausible in their Near Future 1970s context, including an impregnable spaceship with a Faster Than Light drive powered by an Antimatter engine. Pearl also wrote some individual ties. [JC]

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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