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Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Film (1979). Paramount. Produced by Gene Roddenberry, directed by Robert Wise. Written by Harold Livingston, from a story by Alan Dean Foster. Cast includes the lead players from the Star Trek television series, along with Stephen Collins and Persis Khambatta. 132 minutes (released with additional material on video and television at 143 minutes). Colour. / After more than a decade of rumour and counter-rumour, Star Trek (1966-1969) was finally relaunched, and on the big screen at that, with ...

Piranha

Film (1978). New World. Executive producers Roger Corman, Jeff Schechtman. Directed by Joe Dante. Written by John Sayles, based on a story by Sayles and Richard Robinson. Cast includes Paul Bartel, Bradford Dillman, Kevin McCarthy, Heather Menzies, Dick Miller, Barbara Steele and Keenan Wynn. 94 minutes. Colour. / The army has been creating cold-water-tolerant man-eating piranhas for use in Vietnam, and some escape into a Texas river. An attempt by the army to hush this up permits a piranha ...

Bull Spec

US professional Slick Print Magazine of Speculative Fiction – technically a Semiprozine – which is also available online, founded and edited by Samuel Montgomery-Blinn of Durham, North Carolina. It debuted in Spring 2010 and was initially published thrice yearly, the print edition being in slick letter-size format. The editor keeps his definition of speculative fiction broad so that the magazine contains a range of fiction, from fables to Hard SF via Steampunk. In addition to its ...

Voronoff, Serge

(1866-1951) Russian-born surgeon and entrepreneur, in France from an early age; his theory that monkey testicles, when transplanted into the testicles of human males, would have a rejuvenating effect and increase longevity (see Rejuvenation), was influential during the 1920s. Voronoff argued his case voluminously, in texts like La Conquête de la Vie (1928: trans G Gibier Rambaud as The Conquest of Life 1928). It is estimated that at least 500 French males underwent the necessary ...

Coutinho, Albino

(1860-1940) Writer and historian from Rio Grande do Sul, the southernmost State of Brazil. He wrote a historical chronicle, Marcha da divisão do Norte: para a história ["March of the North division: for History"] (1896), about the 1893 revolution when Rio Grande clashed with the central government and was defeated. His only incursion into sf is A Liga dos Planetas ["The League of Planets"] (1923), which is considered the first Brazilian novel to feature Space Flight by mechanical ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...



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