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Moore, Ronald D

(1964-    ) US screenwriter and Television producer who attended Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, and whose first work of genre interest was the script for "The Bonding" (23 October 1989), an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994). He became co-producer and – for the final year – producer of this series, writing or co-writing 27 episodes in all, including the series finale "All Good Things ..." (23 May 1994) with Brannon Braga, which won a ...

Machine, The

Film (2013). Red & Black Films. Directed and written by Caradog W James. Cast includes Jade Croot, Helen Griffin, Pooneh Hajimohammadi, Denis Lawson, Caity Lotz, Jean-Paul Macleod and Toby Stephens. 91 minutes. Colour. / There is no backstory; by the year 2013, it may be, the makers of The Machine felt none would be necessary. The viewer is dumped in medias res into a desolate surveillance-heavy Near Future England just as a Cold War between China and the West has heated up. Teams of ...

Kostić, Zvonimir

(1950-    ) Serbian playwright and author whose sf novel, Donji Svetovi (1986; trans Ivan Novaković as The Underworlds 2008), fits an Underground totalitarian Dystopia into a frame that evokes Urban Fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], as this isolated world is located directly underneath Belgrade; a romance begins, metaphysically, to melt the ice. [JC]

Yefremov, Ivan

(1908-1972) Russian palaeontologist and author, a leading figure in the renaissance of Soviet sf (see Russia); his surname has also been transliterated as Efremov. He began writing "geographical" sf on a modest scale in the 1940s, assembling his early work in Vstretcha Nad Tuskaroroi (coll 1944; trans M and N Nicholas as A Meeting Over Tuscarora; And Other Adventure Stories 1946), Piat' Rumbo ["Five Wind's Quarters"] (coll 1944) and elsewhere. Some of the contents of the first volume overlap ...

Thrill Book

US magazine in the larger, saddle-stapled Dime-Novel format for eight issues, then as a standard Pulp magazine for the final eight issues. Sixteen issues, two per month, 1 March to 15 October 1919, published by Street & Smith; edited by Harold Hersey for volume one (1 March-15 June 1919) and Ronald Oliphant for volume two (1 July-15 October 1919). The legendarily rare Thrill Book is often cited as the first SF Magazine, but its initial eight issues contained no sf, but rather stories ...

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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