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American Cyborg: Steel Warrior

Film (1993). Yoram Globus and Christopher Pearce Present a Global Pictures Production. Executive producers Amnon Globus and Marcos Szwarcfiter, produced Marti Raz, directed by Boaz Davidson. Written by Brent Friedman and Bill Crounse and Don Pequignot, based on a story by Davidson and Pearce. Cast includes Nicole Hansen, Joe Lara and John Ryan. 94 minutes. Colour. / The production background is obscure, but this straight-to-video exploitation thriller appears to be, unusually, an ...


1. US computer-animated short film (2005). UCLA Animation Workshop. Directed and written by Shane Acker. 11 minutes. Colour. / Two small Robots scavenge in a Post-Holocaust landscape: one has a 5 on its back, the other 9. Called "stitchpunks" by Acker, they resemble sack dolls but their internal organs are mechanical. A predatory robot catches 5 and sucks out their soul using an electronic device: later we see it wearing the "skins" of its victims, with 5 and other numbers visible. 9 sets a ...

Starzl, R F

(1899-1976) US journalist and author who between 1928 and 1934 had 24 stories published in the Pulp magazines, written primarily as a means of financing his family newspaper, the LeMars Globe-Post, of which he became the proprietor. Most of Starzl's stories are competently written but became increasingly formulaic, though he was especially good at creating different types of Monsters. His first story is his best remembered, "Out of the Sub-Universe" (Summer 1928 Amazing Stories Quarterly) where ...

Calvino, Italo

(1923-1985) Italian author, born in Cuba, active from the middle of World War Two, at first with realist works but soon with Gothic, surrealist romances of great vigour and impact, such as Il Visconte dimezzato (1951) and Il Cavaliere inesistente (1959) – translated together by Archibald Colquhoun as The Non-Existent Knight and The Cloven Viscount (omni 1962) – and Il Barone rampante (1957; trans Archibald Colquhoun as Baron in the Trees 1959), three thematically linked fables later ...

Schinagel, Géza

(1893-1967) US scientist and author whose brief, lightly fictionalized Possibilities (1930) investigates the Near Future and describes Utopian advances in science and Technology. [JC]

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 and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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