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Mendelsohn, Felix, Jr

(1906-1990) US author of two unremarkable comic sf novels, Club Tycoon Sends Man to Moon (1965) and Superbaby (1969). The former, in its spoofing of the space race (see Space Flight), sometimes scores an amusing point; the latter similarly spoofs Genetic Engineering in a tale involving the New York Metropolitans, a terrible Baseball team and the created ...

RoboCop 2

Film (1990). Orion. Directed by Irvin Kershner. Written by Frank Miller, Walon Green from a story by Miller. Cast includes Nancy Allen, Belinda Bauer, Tom Noonan, Daniel O'Herlihy and Peter Weller. 116 minutes. Colour. / Dismissed by most critics as an unimaginative retread of RoboCop, RoboCop 2 nevertheless has merits. Its narrative clarity and dash, which deliver a vision of future Detroit as one of the deeper ...

Escape from the Planet of the Apes

Film (1971). Apjac/Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by Don Taylor. Written be Paul Dehn, based on characters created by Pierre Boulle. Cast includes Bradford Dillman, Kim Hunter, Roddy McDowall, Natalie Trundy and William Windom. 97 minutes. Colour. / This is the third of the five Planet of the Apes films. When screenwriter Paul Dehn had been working ...

Roberts, Theodore Goodridge

(1877-1953) Canadian poet and author born George Edward Theodore Roberts, brother of Charles G D Roberts; his poetry his more alive than his brother's, though consequently – given early twentieth century Canadian literary culture – it was less known while they were active poets. His best nonfantastic work is set in the Maritime Provinces of Canada. Two novels are of sf interest. Brothers of Peril: A Story of Old Newfoundland ...

Armstrong, Jennifer

(1961-    ) US author, almost exclusively fiction and nonfiction for children and the Young Adult audience, almost none of this output (approximately 50 titles) being of sf interest. But the remarkable Young Adult Fire-Us sequence comprising Fire-Us, Book 1: The Kindling (2002), Fire-Us, Book 2: The Keepers of the Flame (2002) and Fire-Us, Book 3: The Kiln (2003), ...

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 ...

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