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Thrust

US Semiprozine, originally a Fanzine, advertised as quarterly but in its earlier years often irregular; edited by D Douglas Fratz with Steven Goldstein as managing editor #1-#5 and sole editor of #6; 44 issues 1973-1992, #43/#44 being a double issue. / Thrust #1 appeared in February 1973 as the magazine of the University of Maryland Science Fiction Society, with the first two issues carrying covers by Maurice Scott Dollens; it became independent of UMSFS with #7 dated Spring 1976 under the ...

Romanek, Mark

(1959-    ) US filmmaker whose writing and directing debut Static (1985), about a smalltown teenager who invents (see Invention) a television which purports to see heaven, was a cult hit in the UK; he was taken up by musician Robyn Hitchcock (son of Raymond Hitchcock), his videos for whom led to an acclaimed body of work in that medium after his career in features stalled. He returned to cinema with the crime drama One Hour Photo (2002), and to sf with Never Let Me Go ...

Alien Nation

1. Film (1988). Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by Graham Baker. Produced by Gale Anne Hurd, Richard Kobritz. Written by Rockne S O'Bannon. Cast includes James Caan, Mandy Patinkin and Terence Stamp. 90 minutes. Colour. / Los Angeles (see California), 1991. The Newcomers, or "Slags", are 300,000 humanoid Aliens, Genetically Engineered for hard labour, survivors of a crashlanded slave Spaceship, grudgingly accepted but disliked by humans (see Race in SF), and ghettoized in the inner city. ...

Noy, John

(1892-1964) UK author of nautical thrillers, including at least two Children's SF adventures: The Vulture (1927), describing the travails of a young doctor shanghaied into working for pirates in the combined submarine/Airship which is their Invention; and The Pirate Airship (1931), featuring an advanced combination airship/surface ship/submarine. [JC]

Futureworld

Film (1976). American International Pictures. Directed by Richard T Heffron. Written by Mayo Simon, George Schenck. Cast includes Blythe Danner, Peter Fonda and Arthur Hill. 104 minutes. Colour. / An inferior sequel to Westworld (1973), set in the same theme park, Delos, Futureworld lacks the unity and impact of Michael Crichton's original film. In a newly built area of Delos, devoted to dramatizing the future, there are several diverting scenes irrelevant to the main plot, which is one of ...

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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