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Irvine, Leigh H

(1863-1942) US journalist, editor and author, most prominently of several nonfiction books on California; of sf interest are An Affair in the South Seas: A Story of Romantic Adventure (1901), in which a drifter tells of his life in a Utopian colony, an Island where intermarriage and democracy flourish; and Legends of the Ozorans: Or, Love Tales of Long Ago (coll 1931 chap), which describes a Lost Race without much clarity. [JC]

Miller, Steve

(1950-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Shalgiel" for Flux Magazine in 1976, one of his few solo works, as he soon began collaborating with Sharon Lee with "The Naming of Kinzel: The Foolish" (June 1984 Fantasy Book); all his novels have been with Lee, primarily the Liaden Universe sequence of Space Opera tales, set in expansive (though not adventurously described) interstellar venues. The first two titles, Agent of Change (1988) and Carpe ...

Bruce Gentry: Daredevil of the Skies

US Serial Film (1949). Columbia Pictures. Produced by Sam Katzman. Directed by Thomas Carr and Spencer Gordon Bennett. Written by Lewis Clay, George H Plympton and Joseph H Poland, based on the newspaper Comic strip Bruce Gentry (1945-1951) by Ray Bailey. Cast includes Judy Clark, Tristram Coffin, Ralph Hodges, Tom Neal and Forrest Taylor. 246 minutes. Black and white. / This fifteen-chapter serial is mildly notable for the first film appearance of flying saucers (see UFOs), predating the ...

Night of the Big Heat

Film (1967; vt Island of the Burning Damned). Planet. Directed by Terence Fisher. Written by Ronald Liles, Pip Baker, Jane Baker, based on The Night of the Big Heat (1959) by John Lymington. Cast includes Patrick Allen, Peter Cushing, Sarah Lawson, Christopher Lee and Jane Merrow. 97 minutes, cut to 94 minutes. Colour. / An island off the UK coast experiences a freak heatwave, during which there are a number of mysterious killings involving fire. The culprits turn out to be Aliens who ...

Freedom Force

Videogame (2002). Irrational Games (IG). Designed by Robb Waters, Ken Levine. Platforms: Mac, Win. / Freedom Force is a Computer Role Playing Game which emphasizes tactical combat, set in the 1962 of Silver Age Superhero Comics. The tone is knowing and self aware; it is not so much a game based on 1960s comics as a game about them. The linear plot (see Interactive Narrative) begins with the alien Mentor fleeing to our world from another dimension. Lord Dominion, ruler of a multitude of ...

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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