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Martinière, Stephan

(1962-    ) French artist, later a resident of America. After some brief training in animation, he went to work for DIC Entertainment in the mid-1980s, temporarily requiring him to move to Japan, and he was soon contributing to a number of animated series, including Inspector Gadget (1983-1986), Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors (1985), MASK (1985), The Real Ghost Busters (1986-1991), and Madeline (1993-1995), primarily as an artist but also as a writer and director. He has ...

Shadow on the Land

Made-for-tv film (1968; vt United States: It Can't Happen Here). Screen Gems for ABC-TV. Produced by Matthew Rapf. Created by Sidney Sheldon. Directed by Richard C Sarafian. Written by Nedrick Young, based on It Can't Happen Here (1935) by Sinclair Lewis. Cast includes Jackie Cooper, John Forsythe, Gene Hackman, Carol Lynley and Marc Strange. 100 minutes. Colour. / An unspecified national Disaster leads a panicked US Congress to grant almost unlimited power to the President, who promptly ...

Engling, Richard

(1952-    ) US playwright, actor and author whose Near-Future sf novel, Body Mortgage (1989), tells in a Cyberpunk idiom the tale of a Chicago private eye on the track of a body-parts scam – in this world, one's own body can serve as collateral for a mortgage – in the immediate run-up to the millennium. Engling's obvious competence would show more clearly, perhaps, in a more fully original setting. One of his plays, "Ghost Work" (performed 1987), is of ...

Tchaikovsky, Adrian

Working name of UK author Adrian Czajkowski (1972-    ) who until recently has been best known for his long fantasy series, the Shadows of the Apt sequence beginning with Empire in Black and Gold (2008). The epic fantasy appearance of the series is modified, though not entirely transformed, by the fact that all the races in the long unfolding tale are insectile, or have at the very least insect-like characteristics, which intuitively befits the Steampunk aura of some of the ...

Colgan, Jenny

(1972-    ) Scottish author who is of sf interest primarily for writing Ties for the Doctor Who universe, always as Jenny T Colgan or J T Colgan. Earlier, as Jenny Colgan or Beaton, she had begun her career with a number of romances, the first of these being Amanda's Wedding (2000). Her romantic supernatural tales include The Matchmaker (2009) and Uncross My Heart (2011 ebook). Resistance Is Futile (2015) as Jenny T Colgan, and Spandex and the City (2017) as Jenny T Colgan, ...

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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