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Demon Seed

Film (1977). MGM. Directed by Donald Cammell. Written by Robert Jaffe, Roger O Hirson, based on Demon Seed (1973) by Dean R Koontz. Cast includes Julie Christie, Gerrit Graham, Berry Kroeger and Fritz Weaver. 95 minutes. Colour. / When the supercomputer Proteus IV is switched on it refuses to obey instructions, in the time-honoured tradition (for examples of which, see Colossus, the Forbin Project; 2001: A Space Odyssey). All its terminals are shut down with the inadvertent exception of ...

Willer, Jim

(1921-circa 2007) British-born Canadian painter and author whose sf novel, Paramind (1973), set mainly in Vancouver, takes a Dystopian view of the domineering role of a Computer gone rogue in an automated twenty-first-century world (see Automation). [JC]

Miller, Joseph D

(?   -    ) US associate professor in the Department of Cell and Neurobiology at the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, former NASA space shuttle project director 1982-1987, and scholar of sf who began to publish criticism of genre interest with "Parallel Universes: Fantasy or Science Fiction?" in the Eaton Conference Papers volume Intersections: Fantasy and Science Fiction (anth 1987) edited by George E Slusser and Eric S Rabkin. He has ...

Turzillo, Mary A

Working name of US academic, poet and author Mary A Turzillo Brizzi (1940-    ), whose scholarly work (see Critical and Historical Works About SF) appeared as by Mary T Brizzi; she is married to Geoffrey A Landis. Most of her fiction has appeared in the form of short stories, beginning with "The Great Age" in Pig Iron: Science Fiction (anth 1982 chap) edited by Rose Sayre and Jim Villani. "Mars is No Place for Children" (May 1999 Science Fiction Age), which won a 2000 Nebula ...

Lacey, Alan

(1926-    ) UK author whose first novel, A Land Without Mercy (1974), combines fantasy and tropes out of Prehistoric SF without much energy in a tale of early Britain. The Love Warrior (1975) is a Planetary Romance set partly on what was once a colony planet of a now forgotten Earth, and where Wars are now conducted by soldiers in medieval garb with advanced Weapons; in a complicated (but somewhat diffusely told) plot, the protagonist becomes a culture hero who, in the ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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