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Murzilka na Sputnike

["Murzilka on the Satellite"] Russian film (1960). A Soyuzmultfilm production. Directed by Yevgeny Raikovsky and Boris Stepantsev. Written by Yevgeny Agranovich, Lev Arkadyev and Raisa Frichinskaya. Animated by Galina Barinova, Alexander Beliakov, Vladimir Karp, Fedor Khitruk, Victor Likhachev, Victor Nikitin, Anatoly Petrov, Anatoly Savchenko, I Sidorova, Tatiana Taranovich and Vladimir Zarubin. Part of the Priklyucheniya Murzilki ["Murzilka's Adventures"] series of short films, preceded by ...

Janson, Hank

Initially a personal pseudonym of Stephen Frances but eventually a House Name used by other UK writers for various publishers. Authors writing as Janson included Harry Hobson (1908-1992), Harold Ernest Kelly, James Moffatt, Victor Norwood and Colin Simpson (1914-?   ). Most Janson titles were thrillers; sf novels are listed below. [JC] see also: Adam and Eve. /

Ō-Atari Sora no Entaku

["The Plane Cabby's Lucky Day"] Japanese animated film (1932). Marvel Graph, Kyōryoku Eiga-sha. Directed by Teizō Katō. 10 minutes. Black and white. / In the future year of 1980, mankind dwells "in the sky" (actually in skyscrapers) and the land has been ceded to talking animals (see Uplift). A human cabby on a long fare is forced to stop in the clouds to repair his plane, where one of the local birds informs him of a nearby Island possessing rich treasure. / With its ...

Cold Equations, The

Made-for-tv film (1996). USA Pictures/Alliance Communications Corporation/Chanticleer Films. Produced by Yoram Barzilai and Jana Sue Memel. Directed by Peter Geiger. Written by Stephen Berger, Geiger and Norman Plotkin, based on "The Cold Equations" (August 1954 Astounding) by Tom Godwin. Cast includes Billy Campbell (as Bill Campbell), Poppy Montgomery and William R Moses. 92 minutes. Colour. / Sometime in the future, Lieutenant John Barton (Campbell) is piloting a rescue mission to a ...

McGoran, Jon

(?   -    ) US journalist and author, whose forensics-based crime series as by D H Dublin edges towards but does not actually enter Technothriller country. He is of sf interest for his Spliced sequence beginning with Spliced (2017), set in a Near Future world where Genetically Engineered "chimeras", part-human part-animal, are implicated in the rise of a populist presidential candidate with clear links to a terrorist organization known as CLAD; Climate Change ...

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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