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Gibbins, David

(1962-    ) Canadian archaeologist and author, partly resident in the UK, of whose novels Atlantis (2005) is of sf interest, as the rediscovered Atlantis proves to contain secrets of ancient science of planetary importance, and likely to cause a Holocaust, a threat dealt with in The Last Gospel (2008) and The Gods of Atlantis (2011). Crusader Gold (2006), a singleton, unabashedly owes much to Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones films, though it is more soberly argued. [JC]

Sapphire and Steel

UK tv series (1979-1982). An ATV Network Production. Written/created by P J Hammond (except "Adventure Five" by Don Houghton and Anthony Read); executive producer David Reid; produced by Shaun O'Riordan. Directed by O'Riordan and David Foster. Cast includes Joanna Lumley (Sapphire), David McCallum (Steel) and David Collings (Silver). Four seasons, 34 25-minute episodes in all; broken into "Adventure One" (six episodes 1979), "Adventure Two" (eight episodes 1979), "Adventure Three" (six episodes ...


Film (1983). Sherwood Productions/MGM/UA. Directed by John Badham. Written by Lawrence Lasker, Walter F Parkes. Cast includes Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, Barry Corbin, Ally Sheedy and John Wood. 113 minutes. Colour. / Senior defense officials in Colorado are seen deciding to transfer responsibility for responding to a Soviet attack from fallible humans to a Computer installation. Meanwhile in Seattle, teenager David (Broderick) attempts to use his own computer to hack into the ...

Welles, Orson

(1915-1985) US stage, screen and radio actor, screenwriter, producer and director; despite his intimate association with one of the most infamous events in the history of sf – as director and star of the notorious 1938 Radio play The War of the Worlds, roughly based on H G Wells's The War of the Worlds (April-December 1897 Pearson's; 1898) – he returned only intermittently to work in the genre. Yet so well remembered is the broadcast that his name continues to evoke the concept of ...

Pan's Labyrinth

Spanish-Mexican film (2006). Original title El laberinto del fauno. Directed and written by Guillermo Del Toro. CafeFX, Esperanto Filmoj, Estudios Picasso, OMM, Sententia Entertainment, Telecinco, Tequila Gang, Wild Bunch. Cast includes Pablo Adán, Álex Angulo, Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Doug Jones, Sergi López and Maribel Verdú. 119 minutes. Colour. / Long ago, Princess Moanna of the Underworld ascended a spiral staircase to reach the Earth's surface, only to ...

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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