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US animated tv series (2023). Little Stranger, Bevel Gears, Means End Productions. Created by Robert Carlock and Sam Means. Directors include Casey Crowe, Eddie Rosas and David C Smith. Writers include Ben Dougan, Sam Means and Dan Rubin. Voice cast includes Dana Carvey, Nat Faxon, Tina Fey, Phil LaMarr, Daniel Radcliffe, Kevin Michael Richardson, Sam Richardson and Chrissy Teigen. Ten circa 26-minute episodes. Colour. / With the assistance of Miss America Lucy Suwan (Teigen) ...

Shepard, Jim

(1956-    ) US academic and author, active from the 1990s. Some of the short stories assembled in his third collection, Like You'd Understand, Anyway (coll 2007), are of sf interest. Nosferatu (1997; vt Nosferatu in Love 1998), though nonfantastic, conceives of F W Murnau (1888-1931) as being intimately haunted by the protagonist of his most famous film, Nosferatu (1922). / Shepard is of specific sf interest for his ...

Prisoners of Gravity

Canadian tv series (1990-1993). TVOntario; also broadcast on La Chaine Francaise. Produced and directed by Gregg Thurlbeck, written and presented Rick Green. Four seasons. 30 minutes per programme. Colour. / The premise of this vigorous and surprisingly successful series – not a drama series but a talk show about speculative fiction, probably the only such programme in the world – was that Commander Rick (Rick Green) operates a pirate broadcasting station from the ...

Thompson, Caroline

(1956-    ) US screenwriter and author; she wrote at least three scripts for Fantasy films by Tim Burton (not given entries here), and for City of Ember (2008) directed by Gil Kenan. Of sf interest is First Born (1983), in which an aborted foetus either returns to life, or is the survivor of a Mad Scientist experiment on the ...

Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone

Film (1983). Delphi Productions/Columbia. Directed by Lamont Johnson. Written by David Preston, Edith Rey, Dan Goldberg, Len Blum, from a story by Stewart Harding, Jean Lafleur. Cast includes Ernie Hudson, Michael Ironside, Molly Ringwald and Peter Strauss. 90 minutes (but reported as being originally 105 minutes). Made in 3D. Colour. / Bedevilled with production problems, changing directors in midstream (it was begun by Jean Lafleur), suffering from the ominous stigma of six ...

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. ...

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