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Asteroid [tv]

US tv miniseries (1997). Davis Entertainment/NBC Studios for NBC-TV. Produced by Donna Ebbs, Phil Margo, and Christopher Morgan. Directed by Bradford May. Written by Robbyn Burger, and Scott Sturgeon. Cast includes Michael Biehn, Zachary Charles, John Lindsey, Annabella Sciorra and Anthony Zerbe. 120 minutes. Colour. / Astronomer Dr Lily McKee (Sciorra) discovers a huge Asteroid on a collision course with Earth, with the impact due in the very Near Future; she meets FEMA (Federal Emergency ...

Sword & Sorcery Annual

US Digest-size reprint magazine. One issue, 1975, published by Ultimate Publishing Co.; edited by Sol Cohen, uncredited. This was issued to capitalize on the sales success of the Conan stories in Fantastic. It reprinted the Conan tale "Queen of the Black Coast" (May 1934 Weird Tales) by Robert E Howard; the others Sword and Sorcery stories from Fantastic 1961-1965. [FHP/MA] links / Galactic Central illustrated checklist

Land of the Lustrous

Japanese animated tv series (2017); original title Houseki no Kuni. Orange. Based on the Manga by Haruko Ichikawa. Directed by Takahiko Kyogoku. Written by Toshiya Oono. Voice cast includes Tomoyo Kurosawa, Jôji Nakata and Chiwa Saitô. Twelve 24-minute episodes. Colour. / On an ocean planet with seven moons, there is only one small landmass on which live 28 immortal humanoid Gems. With their teacher, Kongou-Sensei (Nakata), they fight Lunarians who periodically come to abduct ...

Sharp, Doug

(1952-?   ) US teacher and author of Channel Zilch (2013), a humorous Near Future spoof about an astronaut, fired for incompetence, who is hired to pilot a crew into space to create a pirate reality show (see Media Landscape); it is the first of a projected trilogy. [JC]

Krenkel, Roy G

(1918-1983) American illustrator. A lifelong resident of New York, Krenkel studied at the School of Visual Arts run by Burne Hogarth (1911-1996) after World War Two and started his career at EC Comics, where he became friends with Frank Frazetta. A great deal of his art, heavily influenced by the work of J Allen St John and also by the Australian artist Norman Lindsay (1879-1969), was published in the Sword-and-Sorcery Fanzine Amra (see George H Scithers), where it came to the attention of ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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