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Ramdagger, Geoffrey

Almost certainly a pseudonym used by the unidentified US author (?   -    ) of Sexualis 1984 (1973), a Sex novel set in a disturbing Near Future. [JC]

Last Chase, The

Film (1981). Argosy Films/Canadian Film Development Corporation/Crown International Pictures. Produced by Martyn Burke and Fran Rosati. Directed by Burke. Screenplay by Burke, Ray Moore, and C R O'Christopher from an original story by O'Christopher. Cast includes Lee Majors, Chris Makepeace, Burgess Meredith and George Touliatos. 101 minutes. Colour. / Sometime in the relatively distant Near Future after a Pandemic has ...

Flaming Lips, The

US indie-rock band, formed in 1983 by Wayne Coyne (1961-    ), although the group did not release a major-label record until Hit to Death in the Future Head (album 1993), a deliberately weird and obliquely satirical suite of future-oriented songs. The first track and single "Talkin' 'Bout the Smiling Deathporn Immortality Blues (Everyone Wants to Live Forever)" has less to do with Immortality than its title suggests. ...

Poyer, Joe

Working name of US author Joseph John Poyer (1939-2018) for his fiction, beginning in December 1965 with "Mission 'Red Clash'" for Analog, a magazine with which he was closely associated. Of his novels, Operation Malacca (1968), about the use of talking dolphins for military purposes, and North Cape (1969) are Technothrillers. Tunnel War (1979) is an ...

Kikuchi Hideyuki

(1949-    ) Japanese author of immense domestic popularity, known initially abroad for the Anime adaptations of several of his novels, which formed a substantial component of the 1990s English-language image of Japanese animation as sexualized and violent pulp fiction. He shares a niche within Japanese sf with similarly prolific authors such as Yoshiki Tanaka, Masaki ...

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. ...

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