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Stand, The

US tv miniseries (1994). Laurel Entertainment/ABC Television. Executive producers Stephen King and Richard Rubinstein. Directed by Mick Garris, teleplay by King based on his own novel The Stand (1978, text restored rev 1990). Cast includes Gary Sinese as Stu Redman, Molly Ringwald as Frannie Goldsmith, Rob Lowe as Nick Andros, Adam Storke as Larry Underwood, Laura San Giacomo as Nadine, Ruby Dee as Mother Abigail, James Sheridan as Randall Flagg, Matt Frewer as Trashcan Man and many others. ...

Tyers, Kathy

Working name of US author Kathleen Moore Tyers (1952-    ). She began writing with her Firebird sequence, Firebird (1987; rev 1999) and Fusion Fire (1988; rev 2000), set in a Planetary Romance venue replete with colourful planetary cultures, a matriarchy suffering internecine dynastic conflicts, an overarching Federation, space Invasions, palace politics and the discovery of budding Psi Powers in the eponymous protagonist, a princess on a bad planet who is in love with a ...

Sawyer, Jamie

(1979-    ) UK barrister and author whose work to date consists almost exclusively of contributions to his Lazarus Universe Military SF sequences. In the first of these, the Lazarus War series beginning with The Lazarus War: Artefact (2015), the chief ongoing protagonist Captain Conrad Harris of the Simulant Operations Programme undergoes repeated deaths leading his team in suicide missions over various locations across the galaxy where Homo sapiens is in conflict with an ...


An item of sf Terminology introduced by William Gibson in his novel Neuromancer (1984). He takes quite an old sf idea, also much discussed by scientists, in imagining a Near-Future era in which the human brain and nervous system (biological) can interface directly with the global Internet (electrical) by jacking neurally implanted electrodes directly into a networked Computer (or "cyberdeck"). The network then entered by the human mind is perceived by it, Gibson tells us, as if it were an ...

Delord, Taxile

(1815-1877) French politician, journalist and author; of the narrative texts he composed to accompany illustrations by J J Grandville, that of most sf interest is Une Autre Monde ["Another World"] [for subtitle see Checklist] (graph 1844), where Grandville's grotesquely oneiric biomorphic visions render humans as deliquescent combinations of the organic and the mechanical (see Satire). Delord and Grandville in combination have been seen as precursors of Surrealism (see Absurdist SF; ...

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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