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By Dawn's Early Light

US made-for-tv film (1990). HBO Original Films. Directed by Jack Sholder. Written by Bruce Gilbert from the novel Trinity's Child (1983) by William Prochnau. Cast includes Powers Boothe, Rebecca De Mornay (as Rebecca DeMornay), James Earl Jones, Martin Landau, Darren McGavin and Rip Torn. 100 minutes. Colour. / This was one of the last nuclear-war films of the Cold War era, and deals with an unauthorized 1991 nuclear exchange between the United States and the USSR. This is instigated by ...

Williams, Henry Livingston

(1842-?   ) US playwright, translator and author, of sf interest for two examples of the Dime-Novel SF Edisonade, in the Tom Edison, Jr sequence usually written by Philip Reade: Tom Edison Jr's Air-Ship in Australia; Or, in Search of a Golden Treasure (1892 chap), which features Edison and his submersible Airship in adventures involving stolen gold; and Tom Edison's Electric Eagle; Or, in Search of a Mountain of Gold (1892 chap), in which, in a different ship, he discovers a Lost ...

Smith, Kristine

(?   -    ) US author whose career under this name (she also writes supernatural thrillers as by Alex Gordon) has been almost entirely devoted to the Jani Killian series – comprising Code of Conduct (1999), Rules of Conflict (2000), Law of Survival (2001), all three assembled as The Rules of Survival (omni 2008), Contact Imminent (2003) and Endgame (2008), both assembled as Endgame (omni 2008) – set in a Space Opera universe, though the individual ...

Kling, Marc-Uwe

(1982-    ) German singer-songwriter, cabaret performer and author, active from around 2003; he is of interest for his first novel, QualityLand (2017; trans Jamie Lee Searle 2020), a vaudeville-like Satire of the Near Future Media Landscape, focused upon a Dystopian region called QualityLand where universal surveillance capitalism, augmented by some advanced Technology, governs all. Citizens whose vestigial uniqueness may violate corporate "analytics", which is to say they ...


Tokusatsu is a contraction of the Japanese term tokushu satsuei ["special photography"] and is the term for special effects used in live action film and Television. It is mainly associated with those sf, Fantasy and Horror productions that are dominated by special effects; thus there are many works in those genres not classifiable as Tokusatsu. / Strictly speaking, Tokusatsu applies to all special effects and can refer to works from any country. However, it is typically used to refer to ...

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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