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Hruska, Alan

(1933-2022) US attorney, publisher, filmmaker, playwright, screenwriter and author whose sf novel, Borrowed Time (1984), attempts with some success to suggest analogies and crossings between various Parallel Worlds and the bicameral human brain (see Julian Jaynes). His first two films, both dramas involving the law, appeared in the twenty-first century. [JC]

MacGregor, Reginald James

(?   -?   ) UK playwright and author of The Monkey-God's Secret (1924), whose sf content is undetermined; in later years, MacGregor, writing as R J McGregor (note spelling of surname), later published Knights of the Skies (1947), a Children's SF tale whose protagonists are rescued by an advanced Technology: a plane that is also being used to destroy warmongers worldwide. Under the same name, he released several nonfantastic 1940s and 1950s detective adventures for ...

Ariel: The Book of Fantasy

Large-letter-size US magazine/anthology (12 x 9 in; about 305 x 230 mm), only the first issue (Autumn 1976) of which is unequivocally designated a magazine, and was made up almost exclusively of original material; the three remaining issues or volumes (1977, April and October 1978) typically presented reprint stories with new illustrations. All four were edited by Thomas Durwood. Ariel was lavishly produced on glossy paper, emphasizing fantastic art and Heroic Fantasy, including episodes of the ...

Droid [2]

Also known as "{species}droid" and "{species}DROID". US electro-funk band, whose debut release The Systematik Eviloution of {species}DROID (2005) mashes genre topics into an eclectic musical hybrid of contemporary dance styles. The name is presumably based on the sf coinage Droid as popularized in Star Wars (1977). [AR]

Edge of Darkness

1. UK television miniseries (1985). BBC TV, Lionheart Television International. Produced by Michael Wearing, directed by Martin Campbell. Written by Troy Kennedy Martin. Cast includes Joe Don Baker, Hugh Fraser, Charles Kay, Ian McNeice, Kenneth Nelson, Bob Peck, Zoë Wanamaker, Jack Watson, Joanne Whalley, John Woodvine. Music by Eric Clapton and Michael Kamen. Six 50-minute episodes. Colour. / This miniseries is among the best television dramas ever made, a judgement that has been ...

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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