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Adams, Neal

(1941-2022) Influential and remarkably prolific US Comic-strip artist specializing in the Superhero and Horror genres, with a strong, gutsy yet sophisticated (and often-copied) line style. His continued claim to fame probably rested largely on his ground-breaking personal reinterpretation of DC Comics's Batman, which kicked up what has been called the Silver Age of Comics. He attended the School of Industrial Art in Manhattan, then worked for Archie Comics 1959-1960 (see Archie Adventure ...


Videogame (2001). Ion Storm. Designed by Tom Hall. Platforms: Win. / Anachronox is a Computer Role Playing Game played in a third person three-dimensional perspective, strongly influenced by such Japanese games as Chrono Trigger (1995). The gameplay combines exploration, combat, puzzles and conversation in a similar way to that of its models, including the use of a partially turn-based combat system and the game's broadly linear plot (see Interactive Narrative). In the future of Anachronox, ...

Dark Star

Film (1974). Jack H Harris Enterprises. Directed by John Carpenter. Written by Carpenter, O'Bannon. Cast includes Brian Narelle, Dan O'Bannon, Dre Pahich and Joe Saunders. 83 minutes. Colour. / This cult success, Carpenter's debut, was originally a 45-minute film shot on 16mm by students at the University of Southern California for $6000, but producer Jack H Harris provided cash for new footage and for transfer to 35mm film stock. Dark Star is a Satire on space films, its visual intensity ...

Greener, Leslie

(1900-1974) South Africa-born Australian Egyptologist and author, of whose works in various categories Moon Ahead (1951; cut 1952) is of interest as an attractively told Young Adult adventure into space, and The Wizard Boatman of the Nile and Other Tales from Egypt (coll 1957) contains some fantasies. [JC]

Blow, Ernest J

(?   -    ) South African author of Appointment in Space (1963), an undemanding tale whose protagonists take a Spaceship to Mars, where they have some adventures. [JC]

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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