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Kimball, Janus

Pseudonym used by US author, journalist and media executive Richard Hack (1951-    ) for Scanners II: The New Order (1991), which is Tied to the film Scanners II: The New Order (1990); see Scanners. Most of Hack's work is non-genre and published under his own name. [JC/DRL]

Schwarz-Bart, André

(1928-2006) French author, married to Simone Schwarz-Bart; his parents were murdered by the Nazis in World War Two, and he subsequently joined the Resistance; his writing career was dominated by these experiences, his most famous novel being Le Dernier des Justes (1959; trans Stephen Becker as The Last of the Just 1960), a fantasy following over eight centuries the lives of the "Just Men" of one family, these being designated humans whose existence justifies God's sufferance. The last of these ...

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 ...

Mirror of Time, The

Russian animated film (1976; original title Zerkalo vremeni). Soyuzmultfilm. Directed by Vladimir Tarasov. Written by Anatoliy Korobkov and Vasiliy Livanov. Voice cast includes Lev Lyubetskiy and Mariya Vinogradova. 10 minutes. Colour. / Aboard a Spaceship, a boy (Vinogradova) and his father (Lyubetskiy) discuss Time and Time Travel, mentioning Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889) and H G Wells's The Time Machine (1895), as well as an old account of Central ...


US tv series (1986-1990). Warner Bros TV for NBC. Created by Paul Fusco and Ed Weinberger. Produced by Tom Patchett. Writers include Fusco, Patchett. Directors include Fusco, Patchett, Peter Bonerz. 25 minutes per episode. Colour. / ALF, an "alien life form" – in the line of extraterrestrial descent from My Favorite Martian and Mork in Mork & Mindy, though also influenced heavily by E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Explorers (1985) and the success of the Muppets – moves ...

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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