Romano, Deane

Tagged: Author

(1927-    ) US novelist and screenwriter, active in the latter capacity with scripts like "Angels' Flight" (1962). Some of his work has dealt with current investigations into parapsychology (> Psi Powers), and his filmscript on this subject was novelized by Louis Charbonneau as The Sensitives (1968). Romano's own sf novel, Flight from Time One (1972), also treated parapsychology, this time in the didactic tale of an elite squad of "astralnauts" whose members take on missions in their astral bodies, enjoying a deep camaraderie as they fly. [JC]see also: Eschatology.Deane Louis Romanoborn El Paso, Texas: 4 January 1927died works Flight from Time One (New York: Walker and Company, 1972) [hb/E...

Firefly

Tagged: Film | TV

US tv series (2002). Mutant Enemy for 20th Century Fox Television. Created by Joss Whedon. Producers include Whedon, Tim Minear, and Ben Edlund. Directors include Whedon, Minear, and Vern Gillum. Writers include Whedon, Minear, Edlund, Jose Molina, and Jane Espenson. Starring Nathan Fillion as Malcolm Reynolds, Gina Torres as Zoe Washburn, Alan Tudyk as Hoban "Wash" Washburn, Jewel Staite as Kaylee Frye, Adam Baldwin as Jayne Cobb, Morena Baccarin as Inara Serra, Sean Maher as Simon Tam, and Summer Glau as River Tam. 90-minute pilot, 13 one-hour episodes, and two-hour feature film.After making his name in televised fantasy with Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003) and Angel (1999-2004), Joss...

Expanded Horizons

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US low-paying downloadable Online Magazine of Speculative Fiction, edited by D. Ash (known as Dash) of Drums, Pennsylvania, and produced by J. Cady (known as Jacie). Published monthly, with occasional gaps, since October 2008. The magazine's stated mission is "to increase diversity in the field of speculative fiction" and provide a venue "so that under-represented minorities who tend to be represented unrealistically or negatively in most speculative fiction may speak out in their own voice." The first issue contained a few reprinted items, by way of examples, including Joe Haldeman's "Angel of Light" (December 2005 Cosmos), set in a future where Islam and Christianity have merged, and Claud...

Children's SF

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Sf written with a specifically juvenile audience in mind is almost as old as the genre itself. The Voyages extraordinaires of Jules Verne, over 60 novels published between 1863 and 1920, were largely marketed as for adolescent boys, though they found an adult readership also. Contemporaneous with Verne's works were the early Dime Novels in the USA, also in the main written for children, and it was not long before Boys' Papers with a strong sf content came along, followed by such Juvenile Series as Victor Appleton's Tom Swift stories. The juvenile series written under the floating pseudonym Roy Rockwood, The Great Marvel Series, published much sf between 1906 and 1935. These topics are discus...

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