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Final Countdown, The

Film (1980). Bryna Company/United Artists. Directed by Don Taylor. Written by David Ambrose, Gerry Davis, Thomas Hunter, Peter Powell, based on a story by Hunter, Powell, Ambrose. Cast includes Kirk Douglas, Charles Durning, James Farentino, Katharine Ross and Martin Sheen. 105 minutes. Colour. / The Nimitz, a (real) aircraft carrier on manoeuvres off Hawaii in 1980, is caught in a strange storm which turns out to be a time-warp (see Timeslip). The vessel is deposited in the same spot in ...

Swamp Thing, The

Created by writer Len Wein and artist Berni Wrightson in DC Comics's House of Secrets #92 (July 1971), the Swamp Thing is a Monster whose moss- and muck-encrusted body is formed entirely of vegetable matter. In that original short graphic story, as a result of a scientific "accident" arranged by his jealous assistant Damian Ridge, Dr Alex Olsen is killed and subsequently resurrected in mutated form as the Swamp Thing, destined to wreak vengeance but cursed in the process, losing his ties to ...

Pickersgill, Joshua, Jr

(1780-1818) UK army officer and author of The Three Brothers: A Romance (1803 4vols), an exorbitantly lurid Gothic novel whose supernatural elements (the Devil is a character) are of no sf interest. It should be noted, however, that when the Devil gives the Antihero protagonist a new body while retaining the old, the Clichés of metamorphosis has been sidestepped, and the reader encounters a very early instance of Identity Transfer. [JC]

Romilus, Arn

A Curtis Warren House Name used by Brian Holloway for one novel and by Denis Hughes for two. [JC/DRL]

Invasion America

US animated tv mini-series (1998). DreamWorks Animation for The Warner Brothers Television Network. Created by Steven Spielberg and Harve Bennett. Produced by Dan Fausett and Michael Reaves. Directors included Patrick Archibald and Fausett. Writers included Ruel Fischmann, Wayne Lemon, and Reaves. Cast includes Edward Albert, Tony Jay, Mikey Kelley, Lorenzo Lamas, Leonard Nimoy, James Sikking and Kath Soucie. 13 25-minute episodes. Colour. / During the early 1980s, a civil war breaks out on ...

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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