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An item of sf Terminology commonly used to designate chunks of technical discourse inserted into fictional texts, usually texts described as Hard SF, which are based (or claim to be based) on non-fantasized understandings of Technology and science. It is therefore often safe to assume that the infodump itself, certainly in the hard sf context, is a condensation of non-fantasized knowledge, and that it is ...

Herculoids, The

US animated tv series (1967; vt Zandor). Hanna-Barbera Productions for CBS-TV. Executive producers: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera. Created by Alex Toth. Directed by Hanna and Barbera. Writers included Joe Ruby, David Scott, Ken Spears, Toth. Cast includes Ted Cassidy, Ted Eccles, Virginia Gregg, Don Messick and Mike Road. 36 ten-minute episodes, two per programme. Colour. / The planet Amzot's rulers Zandor (Road) ...


Japanese animated film (2009). Madhouse. Directed by Takeshi Koike. Written by Katsuhito Ishii, Yōji Enokido and Yoshiki Sakurai. Voice cast includes Yū Aoi, Tadanobu Asano and Takuya Kimura. 102 minutes. Colour. / In the "far distant future" two interplanetary Wars have not dented the popularity of the road-race Redline. This year it is due to take place on Europass, a moon of Roboworld: the ...


Though the Japanese word kaijū literally means "strange beast", it is usually translated as Monster and has become synonymous with Japanese Monster Movies and similar tales told on Television – also Anime and Manga – that feature giant monsters as the main character, traditionally wrecking ...

Donnelly, Ignatius

(1831-1901) US politician – a US Senator for Minnesota between 1863 and 1868 – and author, famous for his study Atlantis: The Antediluvian World (1882), which was responsible for a considerable resurgence of interest in the legend of Atlantis, and for The Great Cryptogram: Francis Bacon's Cipher in the So-Called Shakespeare Plays (1888), in which he attempted to prove by cryptographic analysis that Francis ...

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 ...

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