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Fail Safe

Film (1964). Max E Youngstein-Sidney Lumet. Directed by Sidney Lumet. Written by Walter Bernstein, based on Fail-Safe (13-27 October 1962 Saturday Evening Post; 1962) by Eugene L Burdick and Harvey Wheeler. Cast includes Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Dan O'Herlihy, Frank Overton and Fritz Weaver. 111 minutes. Colour. / A mistaken US nuclear attack on Moscow nearly initiates World War Three, a quandary resolved only by the US President's decision to bomb New York as an apologetic gesture. ...

Dingler, Jay

(1985-    ) US author of a Young Adult novel, The Infinite Odyssey (2004), whose young protagonists, after being transported to an Alien planet, get the chance to explore the universe. [JC]

Luceno, James

(1947-    ) US author who first came to attention through an imaginative sequence of Ties to the Robotech Television series of Mecha cartoon adventures, all with Brian C Daley (whom also see for details) under the joint pseudonym Jack McKinney, but who in these early years also wrote some untied solo sf adventures: A Fearful Symmetry (1989), a Near-Future thriller about the coming of the Millennium and the arrival of Aliens; Illegal Alien (1990), an interplanetary Sex spoof; ...

McMahon, Thomas Patrick

(?   -    ) US screenwriter and author, mainly of thrillers, in whose The Hubschmann Effect (1973) a new Drug is used in the apparent Genetic Engineering of a group of children, who cause chaos. He contributed at least one story to the Wildsidhe Chronicles Shared World fantasy sequence [not listed]. Thomas Patrick McMahon should not be confused with the scientist and author Thomas McMahon.[JC]

Lee, Mike

(1962-    ) UK author who began publishing work of genre interest with "High Heels from Hell" in Forbidden Acts (anth 1995) edited by Nancy A Collins, Edward E Kramer and Martin H Greenberg; most of his career has been focused on the Warhammer Wargame universe, beginning with Warhammer: The Daemon's Curse (2005) with Dan Abnett. [JC]

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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