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Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century

British/American/French animated tv series (1999-2001). DiC Productions L.P. and Scottish Television Enterprises. Based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Concept by Sandy Ross, Developed by Phil Harnage. Directed by Robert Brousseau and Scott Heming. Writers include Robert Askin and Martha Moran. Voice cast includes Ian James Corlett, Jason Gray-Stanford, Akiko Morison, Richard Newman and John Payne. 26 21-minute episodes. Colour. / New London, 2103: a flying car chase ends with ...

Suburban Commando

Film (1991). New Line Cinema. Directed by Burt Kennedy. Written by Frank Capello. Cast includes Shelley Duvall, Hulk Hogan, Christopher Lloyd and Larry Miller. 90 minutes. Colour. / This modest, affable sf comedy about a large, rough, humanoid Alien (pro wrestling star Hogan) who crashlands on Earth after being temporarily retired as an interstellar righter of wrongs, sets its sights rather low, and does quite well. The primitive but effective humour is in the wish-fulfilment fantasy of ...


For a general note on this encyclopedia's handling of Japanese names, please see Editorial Practices: Chinese and Japanese Names. / Japan persists as a symbol of the alien and the unknowable, and popularly as a signifier of the future, particularly in the "Japanesque" vocabularies and settings of Cyberpunk authors such as William Gibson and Bruce Sterling. This image has been hybridized in the last two decades by increasing access by Western viewers and readers to some of the sf that the ...

Herbert, Benson

(1912-1991) UK editor and author with a master's degree in science who began publishing sf in US magazines with "The World Without" for Wonder Stories in February 1931 and was fairly active in the 1930s. Crisis! – 1992 (October 1935-January/February 1936 Wonder Stories as "The Perfect World"; 1936), with an introduction by M P Shiel, deals with the ominous passage of another planet close to Earth's orbit, and with what humans discover when they land on it: the planet is actually a World ...

Zelitch, Simone

(?   -    ) US academic and author, active since the early 1990s, and at least one of whose novels, Louisa (2000), can be described as Holocaust Fiction. She is of sf interest for her fifth novel, Judenstaat (2016), an Alternate History story whose title directly reflects Theodor Herzl's nonfiction pamphlet, Der Judenstaat ["The Jewish State"] (1896 chap). Her novel is based on the premise that, soon after the conclusion of World War Two, on 4 April 1948, a ...

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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