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Aikin, Jim

Working name of US author James Douglas Aikin (1948-    ), most of whose books are technical manuals for producing electronic music. His first sf novel, Walk the Moons Road (1985), gives operatic colour to a moderately intricate Planetary Romance featuring Aliens, humans, seas, Politics and Sex on a planet which is not Earth. His second novel, ...

Schulman, J Neil

(1953-2019) US author whose books were very influential in the Libertarian-SF movement. Alongside Night (1979), which is set in a ruinously Decadent New York, describes the salvation of a future America – whose economy has been destroyed by government intervention in the free market: a singularly bad guess in post-2008 hindsight – by a hard-cash underground economy evolved ...

Future Cop [tv]

US tv series (1976-1977). Paramount Studios, ABC Television network. Produced by Everett Chambers. Directors included Robert Douglas, Earl Bellamy and Vincent McEveety. Scriptwriters included Ken Kolb, Harold Livingston and Mann Rubin. Cast includes John Amos, Ernest Borgnine, Michael Shannon and Irene Tsu. Eight 50-minute episodes. Colour. / Future Cop was a remake of the previous season's comedy on the same subject, ...

Heming, Jack

(1899-1987) UK author of a Lost Race tale, The Lost World of the Colorado (1940), whose young protagonists discover, on a high plateau, Monsters who display a weird caprice of Evolution: each of them combining the features of two real species. [JC]

Rock, James

Almost certainly the pseudonym of US inventor and author Clinton A Patten (?   -?   ), who patented his design for a monorail in 1893, and in whose name Thro' Space (1909) is copyrighted. "James Rock" tells his own story: a neighbour's Invention of an Antigravity substance allows the two to undertake a Fantastic Voyage, first to Paris, then to the ...

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 ...

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