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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]

Frazar, Douglas

(1836-1896) US soldier and author whose Perseverance Island; Or, the Robinson Crusoe of the Nineteenth Century (1885) is a Robinsonade. After sailing to the South Pacific, in order to establish a Utopia there with his fellows, William Anderson is trapped alone on a desert Island between 1865 and 1880, when he is rescued. During his sojourn he discovers, and kills, a prehistoric sea serpent nearly 150 feet in length (see Monsters); he also comes into possession of a vast pirate treasure. More ...

Endō Akinori

(1959-    ) Japanese scenarist and novelist, sometimes using the pseudonym Meigo Endō, who toiled throughout the 1980s and 1990s on Anime scripts and Ties, before finding some respite and creative freedom out of the field. / Endo's earliest credited script work included stints on Mecha shows, such as Chōriki Robo Galatt ["Super-Powered Robo Galatt"] (1984; vt Change Robo Galatt) and Kidō Senshi Z Gundam ["Mobile Suit Z Gundam"] (1985; vt Zeta Gundam). This ...

Human Nature

Film (2001). Fineline Pictures and Studiocanal present a Good Machine production in association with Beverly Detroit Studios and Partizan. Directed by Michel Gondry. Written by Charlie Kaufman. Cast includes Patricia Arquette, Rhys Ifans, Miranda Otto and Tim Robbins. 96 minutes. Colour. / A hypertrichotic nature writer (Arquette) and a wild man raised as an ape (Ifans) become enmeshed in a love quadrangle with a prissy scientist (Robbins) and his manipulative faux-French lab assistant ...

Island of Lost Women

Film (1959). Jaguar Productions/Warner Brothers. Produced by George C Bertholon, Albert J Cohen and Alan Ladd. Directed by Frank Tuttle (credited as Frank W Tuttle). Written by Ray Buffum from a story by Prescott Chaplin. Cast includes June Blair, Diane Jergens, Alan Napier, Jeff Richards, John Smith and Venetia Stevenson. 71 minutes. Black and white. / En route to an international news conference in Melbourne, Victoria, commentator Mark Bradley (Richards) and pilot/friend Joe Walker ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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