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Sap Nin

["Ten Years"] Film (2015 Hong Kong). Ten Years Studio. Directed by Ng Ka-leung, Jevons Au, Chow Kwun-wai, Wong Fei-Pang, Kwok Zune, starring Peter Chan, Wong Ching, Lau Ho-Chi, Leung Kin-Ping, Liu Kai-chi, Siu Hin Ng. Screenplay by various hands. 104 minutes. Colour. / An anthology piece of five Near-Future Dystopian vignettes about life in Hong Kong in the year 2025, made for an impressively low budget. All are conceived as Satires or meditations on the undermining of the Hong Kong Basic ...

Flash Gordon

1. US Comic strip created by artist Alex Raymond for King Features Syndicate. Flash Gordon appeared in 1934, at first in Sunday, later in daily newspapers. Its elaborately shaded style and exotic storyline made it one of the most influential sf strips. It was taken over in 1944 by Austin Briggs, then in 1948 by Mac Raboy, and since then has been drawn by several artists, including Dan Barry (with contributions from artists Harvey Kurtzman and Wally Wood and writer Harry Harrison), Al ...

Secret 6, The

Pulp Magazine. Four issues, October 1934 to April 1935, from Popular Publications. Editor: Rogers Terrill. / Written by prolific pulp author Robert J Hogan, The Secret 6 dealt with the adventures of King (no first name ever given) and his five associates, who fight crime after King has been framed for a murder. After breaking him out of Prison, the team strives to prove King's innocence while battling bizarre criminals including Mad Scientists. Among the threats they face are dogs enlarged ...

Olsen, Bob

Working name of US teacher, advertising copywriter, real estate agent and author Alfred Johannes Olsen Jr (1884-1956), who began publishing sf with "The Four-Dimensional Roller-Press" for Amazing in June 1927; this was the first of several tales in the Four-Dimensional sequence. Other tales featured Professor Archimedes Banning, whose exploits were patterned on the model of the Edisonade. One magazine story, Rhythm Rides the Rocket (October 1940 Science Fiction; 1942 chap), featuring an ...

Surface

US tv series (2005-2006). Rock Fish Productions/NBC Universal Television for NBC-TV. Created by Jonas and Josh Pate. Produced by Ed Milkovich, Joy Beattie, Dan Dworkin and Darcy Meyers. Directors included Jeffrey Reiner, John Behring and Bill Eagles. Writers included Beattie, Dworkin and Chip Johannessen. Cast includes Lake Bell, Jay R Ferguson, Eddie Hassell, Carter Jenkins, Leighton Meester and Rade Šerbedžija. 14 43-minute episodes. Colour. / Oceanographer Laura Daughtery ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...



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