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Grossman, Dave

(1956-    ) German-born US author, a former lieutenant colonel in the US Army and student of the psychology of killing [see Checklist below]. He began to publish sf with The War with Earth (2003) and Kren of the Mitchegai (2004), both in collaboration with Leo Frankowski (whom see for description); these are the second and third books in the A Boy and His Tank/New Kashubia Military SF sequence whose first was by Frankowski solo. A second collaborative series is the Science ...

Last Starfighter, The

Film (1984). Lorimar/Universal. Directed by Nick Castle. Written by Jonathan Betuel. Cast includes Lance Guest, Dan O'Herlihy, Robert Preston, Norman Snow and Catherine Mary Stewart. 101 minutes. Colour. / In this cheerful, derivative wish-fulfilment story, Alex (Guest), who lives in a trailer park, is a teenage whiz at computer arcade games. Attaining the highest-ever score on the Starfighter game, he is conscripted (though at first refusing) by its inventor, an alien (Preston), to play a ...

Yellow Peril

The popular Term, not only within sf circles, for military or economic expansionism by China and other Far Eastern nations (see Invasion; Politics) as seen through the distorting lens of Western Paranoia, and understandable in those terms as central to the language and fears expressed in Imperial Gothic in the years before World War One. It seems to have been coined – in German as "gelbe Gefahr" – by Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1895. Early US examples of this theme before it gained its ...

Planet With

Japanese animated tv series (2018), in conjunction with the Manga by Satoshi Mizukami. J C Staff. Directed by Youhei Suzuki. Written by Satoshi Mizukami. Voice cast includes Atsushi Abe, Sayaka Haradi, Shiori Izawa, Rikiya Koyama and Kenji Nomura. Twelve 24-minute episodes to date. Colour. / The Invasion of Earth is not an infrequent genre trope, but the first Weapon being an enormous smiling teddy bear with ears for wings, a mass of (human) arms in place of legs and, upon its chest, ...

de Timms, Graeme

Probable Pseudonym of an unidentified author (?   -    ). De Timms's pulp-style paperback sf novels are Three Quarters (1963) and Split (1963), about a medical Disaster. The Australian editions are variously credited to Graeme de Timmes, G D Timms and G D Timmes (vts only are listed below); confusion with the Australian author E V Timms should be avoided. Similarities in stylistic ineptitude suggest that Nal Rafcam may have been a pseudonym of the same author. ...

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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