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Red Shift

Tv film (1978). British Broadcasting Corporation. Directed by John Mackenzie. Written by Alan Garner from his own novel, Red Shift (1973). Cast includes Charles Bolton, Andrew Byatt, Lesley Dunlop, Bernard Gallagher, Stephen Petcher, Stella Tanner and Michael Wolf. 75 minutes. Colour. / The 2014 DVD release of this compact Television drama, originally aired on BBC's Play for Today omnibus series, makes available Garner's own visualization of his knottedly inward novel in which psyches in ...

Michaels, Melisa C

(1946-2019) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "In the Country of the Blind, No One Can See" for Asimov's in January 1979, but concentrated mostly on longer fiction. She remains best known for her Skyrider sequence of sf adventures – Skirmish (1985), First Battle (1985), Last War (1986), Pirate Prince (1987) and Floater Factor (1987) – depicting the growth into maturity of its eponymous female Starship-pilot protagonist. The tales are at times congested, ...

Lighthall, W D

(1857-1954) Canadian politician, lawyer and author, of whose several novels The Master of Life: A Romance of the Five Nations and of Prehistoric Montreal (1908) is of some sf interest for its argument that the historical sixteenth-century (or earlier) creation of the Five Nations – a grouping of Native American cultures, also known as the Iroquois League – was inspired by an earlier nation-forming culture now so obscure that it constitutes a Lost Race. [JC]

Project G.e.e.K.e.R.

US animated tv series (1996). Adelaide Productions, Columbia TriStar Television. Created by Doug Langdale and Douglas TenNapel. Directed by Toshiyuki Hiruma, Llyn Hunter, Audu Paden and Rafael Rosado. Writers include Doug Langdale, Richard Stanley and Jan Strnad. Voice cast includes Charles Adler, Jim Cummings, Brad Garrett, Cree Summer and Billy West. Thirteen 23-minute episodes. Colour. / Villainous industrialist Mister Moloch (Cummings) and the Mad Scientist in his employ, Dr Maston ...

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America

A professional guild created in 1965 as Science Fiction Writers of America, to inform sf writers on matters of professional interest, to promote their professional welfare, and to help them deal effectively with publishers, agents, editors and anthologists; in 1992 (see below) it was renamed the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America while retaining the initial SFWA; in March 2022 it was announced that these same initials would henceforth stand for the more global Science Fiction and ...

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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