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Hicks, Clifford B

(1920-2010) US author of novels, almost exclusively for children, including the Alvin Fernald series for younger readers; of sf interest is First Boy on the Moon (1959), whose two protagonists (with their frog) go to the Moon, inspiringly. [JC]

Orbital Children, The

Japanese Anime tv series (2022; original title Chikyūgai Shōnen Shōjo; vt Extraterrestrial Boys and Girls). Production +h. Directed and written by Mitsuo Iso. Voice cast includes Chinatsu Akasaki, Natsumi Fujiwara, Mariya Ise, Yumiko Kobayashi, Kensho Ono and Azumi Waki. Released as two films (Japan) or six episodes (internationally). Circa 180 minutes. Colour. / By 2034 (see Near Future), the Intelligence of the AI known as Seven had skyrocketed to a level it was incapable ...

Supersonic Saucer

Film (1956). Gaumont British Picture Corporation/British Lion Film Corporation. Directed by Guy Fergusson. Written by Dallas Bower from a story by Frank Wells. Cast includes Fella Edmonds, Gillian Harrison, Tony Lyons and Marcia Monolescue. 50 minutes. Black and white. / A small, friendly Alien from Venus is found and "adopted" by a group of schoolchildren from an English countryside school. The alien is pursued by criminals who want to use its various powers, including Telepathy, to commit ...

Bug-Eyed Monsters

A traditional visual Cliché of sf: grotesque Alien beings, usually menacing, as regularly pictured on the covers of SF Magazines of the 1930s and 1940s: Howard V Brown's early covers for Thrilling Wonder Stories are regarded as archetypal. Often known by their acronym, BEMS. Relevant theme anthologies include Bug-Eyed Monsters (anth 1972) edited by Anthony Cheetham, Asimov's Choice: Black Holes & Bug-Eyed Monsters (anth 1977) edited by George H Scithers and Bug-Eyed Monsters (anth ...

Lieberman, Robert

(1941-    ) US author who worked initially as a teacher of mathematics and physics at university level until becoming a full-time writer in 1979. His third novel, Baby (1981), tells of the consequences when an elderly spinster gives virgin birth to a child with a beautiful singing voice. Perfect People (1986) sets its Dystopia in a City – hidden Underground from the Ruined Earth – where Genetic Engineering has been applied for generations, and a Nearly Perfect ...

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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