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Van Gelder, Gordon

(1966-    ) US editor, publisher and author who published his first story "Santa's Tenth Reindeer" in 100 Great Fantasy Short Short Stories (anth 1984) edited by Isaac Asimov, Terry Carr and Martin H Greenberg, though the majority of his career has been spent as an editor. After a brief internship at Bluejay Books in 1986, he began working at St Martin's Press in July 1988, remaining there until October 2000, during which time he edited a wide variety of books, including ...

Island Claws

Film (1980; vt Giant Claws). Produced by Ted Swanson. Directed by Hernan Cardenas. Written by Jack Cowden and Ricou Browning from a story by Hernan Cardenas and Colby Cardenas. Cast includes Dick Callinan, Steve Hanks, Robert Lansing, Jo McDonnell and Barry Nelson. 90 minutes, cut to 82 minutes. Colour. / Reporter Jan Raines (McDonnell) visit a small Island off the Florida coast to report on Dr McNeal (Nelson), who is working to improve crabs as a food source. Her father Frank (Callinan) ...

Beneath a Steel Sky

Videogame (1994). Revolution Software. Designed by Charles Cecil, Dave Cummins, Dave Gibbons, Daniel Marchant. Platforms: Amiga, CD32, DOS (1994); Win (2008); iOS (2009). / Beneath a Steel Sky is a graphical Adventure game using a point and click interface, which takes place in a Dystopian future Australia. The setting is a grimy, run down megalopolis ruled by a totalitarian computer, where the rich live on the pleasantly arranged surface and the poor inhabit teeming levels of machinery in ...


Film (1992, but released 1993). Fortress Films/Village Roadshow Pictures/Davis Entertainment Production. Directed by Stuart Gordon. Written by Steve Feinberg, Troy Neighbors. Cast includes Jeffrey Combs, Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez, Lincoln Kilpatrick, Christopher Lambert, Loryn Locklin, Kurtwood Smith, Tom Towles and Vernon Wells. 95 minutes. Colour. / In a Near-Future and apparently semi-fascist USA it is illegal to have more than one child, and ex "Black Beret" soldier John Brennick ...


Film (1999). Destination Films presents a Louis Morneau film. Directed by Louis Morneau. Written by John Logan. Cast includes Bob Gunton, Carlos Jacott, Leon, Dina Meyer and Lou Diamond Phillips. 91 minutes. Colour. / A US biological Weapons programme gone awry is the background of this formulaic Monster Movie. Having transformed Indonesian flying foxes into intelligent omnivorous killing machines, a mad military scientist (Gunton) then lets them loose on a rural Texan community. / Bats ...

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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