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Danziger, Paula

(1944-2004) US author of children's and Young Adult fiction from 1974; of sf interest is This Place Has No Atmosphere (1986), in which a teenage girl, having moved to the Moon, worries productively about whether or not there are any boys her age there. [JC]

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Film (2011). DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures in association with Hasbro present a Di Bonaventura Pictures production. Directed by Michael Bay. Written by Ehren Kruger. Cast includes Patrick Dempsey, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Shia LaBoeuf, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand, Leonard Nimoy (voice) and John Turturro. 154 minutes. Colour, 3D. / As LaBoeuf's character makes the further transition from college to workplace, the Apollo programme is revealed ...

Levie, Rex Dean

(1938-2013) US businessman and author whose The Insect Warriors (1965) deals with problems humans, who have no memory of arriving there, face on a Pocket-Universe-like planet where they are dwarfed by the insects that dominate their wilderness world (see Great and Small). [JC]

Afifi, Nadia

(?   -    ) US author raised in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain who began to publish work of genre interest with "Exhibit K" in Abyss & Apex for second-quarter 2019. She is of sf interest for her first novel The Sentient (2020) in which an escapee from a moderately distant Near Future Dystopian coercive Keep run by the Children of the New Covenant (see Feminism; Religion; Women in SF) finds something like an intellectual home in the Academy of Greater Westport. ...

Darvill, Michael

(1937-    ) UK painter, architect and author whose book-length narrative poem, Blessings from a Nuclear War (1987), carries with some metaphysical flourishing a figure named Adam (see Adam and Eve; Clichés) through the history of Homo sapiens on the planet, into the Near Future and an indistinctly described World War Three, which he survives. A new day dawns. [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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