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Crackle of Death

Made-for-tv film (1976). Francy Productions for Universal Television. Produced by Cy Chermak. Directed by Alex Grasshoff and Don Weiss. Written by Arthur Rowe and Rudolph Borchert from an idea by Rowe ("The Energy Eater"); Bill S Ballinger ("Firefall"). Cast includes Fred Bier, Philip Carey, Elaine Giftos, Jack Grinnage, Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, William Smith, Michael Strong and Robert Yuro. 92 minutes. Colour. / This film actually comprises two cobbled-together episodes of the ...

Kahn, Herman

(1922-1983) American mathematician, political scientist and high-profile practitioner of Futures Studies. He worked 1947-1959 with the RAND (Research and Development) Corporation, and was subsequently director of the Hudson Institute, a body devoted to forecasting, and producing political, economic and military scenarios of the future. In his day Kahn was one of the most influential and best-known workers in this area, though many argued that the kind of analysis for which he stood was ...

Alexander, David

Pseudonym used for sf by US author Lawrence Herskovits (1953-    ), not to be confused with David Alexander [2] or David M Alexander below. Author of the Soldiers of War Western sequence as by William Reed; of the Phoenix sequence of Post-Holocaust military-sf adventures, comprising Dark Messiah (1987), Ground Zero (1987), Death Quest (1988), Metalstorm (1988) and Whirlwind (1988); volumes 9-12 of the C.A.D.S. Post-Holocaust military sequence under the House Name John ...

Torrens, J M

(?   -?   ) New Zealand author who should not be confused with the Catalan composer Josep Maria Torrens (1899-1986). His short Utopia, A Trip to Mars: "An Awful Venture": A Curious Message: Being a Copy of a Circular Addressed to the Inhabitants of this World, by Mr H(omo) V Mundo, the Late Visitor to the Planet Mars (in coll 1901), comprises the first section of the second edition of A Song of Auckland, and Other Verses (coll 1900). The protagonist, propelled by a ...

Hightower, Lynn S

(1956-    ) US author of crime novels, like the Sonora Blair sequence beginning with Eyeshot (1986), and of sf, primarily the David Silver/Elaki sequence comprising Alien Blues (1992), Alien Eyes (1993), Alien Heat (1994) and Alien Rites (1995). Except for the presence of an Alien sidekick, and plots generated by interactions between sleuth Silver and the Elaki, the sequence closely resembles Hightower's non-fantastic work. [JC]

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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