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Man from Atlantis, The

US tv series (1977-1978). Solow Productions for NBC TV. Created by Lee Katzin (who also directed the first episode). Special effects by Tom Fisher. Cast includes Victor Buono, Patrick Duffy and Belinda J Montgomery. The first four episodes, 90-minute telefilms, were followed by 13 50-minute episodes. Colour. / Following a violent storm at sea, a green-eyed stranger (Duffy) with gills and webbed hands is found nearly dead on a beach. He is revived by the attractive female Scientist Dr ...

Making Mr Right

Film (1987). Orion. Directed by Susan Seidelman. Written by Floyd Byars, Laurie Frank. Cast includes Ann Magnuson and John Malkovich. 98 minutes. Colour. / The cold, rational, shy Scientist played by Malkovich has designed, in his own image, Ulysses the Android (actually in part a Robot), also played by Malkovich, for use as a space pilot. Public-relations expert Frankie (Magnuson), whose love affair with an "unreconstructed" politician is coming to an end, has the task of "humanizing" ...

Steiger, Brad

Writing pseudonym of US author Eugene E Olson (1936-2018), who began to publish work of genre interest with "Three Tales for the Horrid at Heart" for Fantastic in January 1963 and has since written much supposed nonfiction in the field of UFOs, Alien abduction, the paranormal, the reality of Atlantis, and so forth [not listed below]. His novels tend to deal with these and related themes, as indicated by the titles of the early UFO Missionaries Extraordinary (1976) with Hayden Hewes (1943-2017) ...

Twilight Imperium

Board Game (1997). Fantasy Flight Games (FFG). Designed by Christian Petersen. / Twilight Imperium is a complex game of galactic conquest, scientific development, economic management, colonization and trade, played on a two-dimensional map with miniature models. The setting is a somewhat generic Space Opera in which a Galactic Empire ruled by a benevolent but arrogant race has collapsed, plunging the galaxy into a dark age. After a long interregnum various species, including humanity, have ...

Marshak, Sondra

(1942-    ) US author who was associated with Star Trek from the early 1970s into the 1980s, moving from fan activities into Star Trek Ties and commentaries (see Star Trek). Marshak began with Star Trek Lives! (1975) with Jacqueline Lichtenberg and Joan Winston, moving on to Star Trek: The New Voyages (anth 1976) with Myrna Culbreath and its direct sequel, Star Trek: The New Voyages 2 (anth 1978), also with Culbreath, two enthusiastic but patchy compilations of short fiction ...

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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