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Donis, Miles

(1936-1979) US author whose The Fall of New York (1971), set in a Near Future Dystopian New York, moves from horrific representations of the cost of chaos into an Absurdist climax, as the consequences of the departure of all adults from America bear down upon the "victorious" young. [JC]

Sidorova, J M

(?   -    ) Russian-born research scientist and author, in the USA from 1990, who began publish work of genre interest with "The Witch, The Tinman, The Flies" in Asimov's for August 2010. Her sf series, the Age of Ice sequence comprising The Age of Ice (2013) and The Colors of Cold: A New Story from the Age of Ice (2013 ebook), examines in sf and "literary" terms the range of implications of ice: the protagonist is conceived in 1740 in an historical ice ...

Reel Fantasy

Letter-size Cinema magazine, saddle-stapled and printed on newsprint-quality paper. Editor: Frank Verzyl. One issue only, January 1978, published by Reel Fantasy Incorporated. / One of several sf and Fantasy film magazines which appeared on US newsstands in the wake of Star Wars (1977), this publication featured some reasonable-quality material despite poor production values. Coverage included the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), the fantasy film Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger ...


Tv series (1996). Witt/Thomas Productions with Touchstone Television for Fox Network. Created by Gary Jacobs. Produced by Drew Brown and Gil Junger. Directed by Terry Hughes. Writers include Ross Abrash, Harold Kimmel and Mark Nutter. Cast includes Fred Applegate, Lane Davies, Cleavant Derricks, Meagen Fay, Marita Geraghty, Evan Handler. 13 25-minute episodes. Colour. / Children playing with a remote-controlled toy car somehow cause the accidental launch of a nuclear missile which ...

Kaye, Marilyn

(1949-    ) US author who has also written as Shannon Blair and whose first work of interest to the field of the fantastic was her PhD thesis for the University of Chicago, The Nature of Didacticism as Related to Romance and Sexuality in Young Adult Novels, 1965-1978 (1983 microfilm). Her work is almost entirely devoted to Young Adult tales, usually in series. Of sf interest are four series in particular. The Out of This World sequence, beginning with Out of This World #1: ...

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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