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Luftpirat und sein Lenkbares Luftschiff, Der

["The Pirate of the Air and his Navigable Airship"] German Dime-Novel series, popularly known as Kapitän Mors der Luftpirat; it has no connection with a 1948 series of the same name. One of the most popular series of its day, its author or authors are unknown, but well-known writers like Oskar Hoffmann (1866-1928) may have been involved; and, since its adventures take place alternately on Earth and in space, it may have been written by two people. 165 32pp issues were published 1908-1911, ...


1. Film (1978); vt of L'Isola degli Uomini Pesce. / 2. Film (1996). Triumph Films in association with Fuji Eight Co. Ltd and Fries Film Company presents an Allegro Films production. Directed by Christian Duguay. Written by Dan O'Bannon and Miguel Tejada-Flores, based on "Second Variety" (May 1953 Space Science Fiction) by Philip K Dick. Cast includes Roy Dupuis, Andy Lauer, Jennifer Rubin and Peter Weller. 104 minutes. Colour. / After civil war on a desolate colony world has left a ...

Horsley, Reginald

(1858-1926) Australian author of Young Adult adventure tales, including The Yellow God: A Tale of Some Strange Adventures (1895), whose young heroes discover a Lost Race while sailing the Pacific. [JC]

Enemy Mine

Film (1985). Kings Road Entertainment/Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by Wolfgang Petersen. Written by Edward Khmara, based on Enemy Mine (September 1979 Asimov's; 1989 chap dos) by Barry B Longyear. Cast includes Louis Gossett Jr and Dennis Quaid. 108 minutes, cut to 93 minutes. Colour. / During a space battle between humans and the reptilian (and hermaphroditic) Dracs, two pilots, one from each species, crashland on an inimical planet. The human (Quaid) and the Drac (Gossett) first try to ...

Repo Men

Film (2010). Universal Pictures in association with Relativity Media presents a Stuber Pictures production in association with Dentsu. Directed by Miguel Sapochnik. Written by Eric Garcia and Garrett Lerner, based on The Repossession Mambo (2009) by Garcia. Cast includes Alice Braga, Jude Law, Liev Schreiber and Forest Whitaker. Original release version 111 minutes; extended DVD version 119 minutes. Colour. / A surgical bounty hunter (Law, somewhat miscast) makes his living by repossessing ...

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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