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Palm Springs

Film (2020). Limelight Productions in association with The Lonely Island, Sun Entertainment. Directed by Max Barbakow. Written by Andy Siara. Cast includes Cristin Milioti, Andy Samberg and J K Simmons. 90 minutes. Colour. / In Palm Springs, California, Sarah (Milioti) attends her sister's wedding. Her flirtation with a sardonic, Hawaiian-shirted guest named Nyles (Samberg) is disrupted when a masked assailant (Simmons) shoots Nyles with a bow. In the resulting chaos, Sarah follows the ...

History of SF

Sf is an impure genre (see Definitions of SF) which did not finally take shape until the late nineteenth century, although all its separate elements existed earlier. If the labelling of any earlier story as sf depended only on the presence of sf elements there would be many such. The Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh, for example, has a Fantastic Voyage and a great world-flood (see Disaster), and in those respects it qualifies; but such retrospective labelling is not very useful, since there is no ...

Renwick, Brett L

(?   -    ) UK author of Wired for Chaos (2005), a late example of Cyberpunk whose noir protagonist, a pro in Virtual Reality contact sports, must go down fully-wired mean streets to discover the criminal who decapitated his girl-friend. [JC]

Morris, Jim

(1940-    ) US author whose The Sheriff of Purgatory (1979; rev vt Spurlock: Sheriff of Purgatory 1987) describes, with moments of sharpness, a Post-Holocaust conflict between the sheriff and the Mafia in the eponymous Arkansas county. The action soon moves to a devastated New York. Breeder: Dewey Ann (1988) is similarly set in a Near Future America riven by dissent and violence. [JC]

Dominican Republic

Among the Hispanic islands of the Caribbean basin, the Dominican Republic is perhaps the country that shows the smallest amount of sf production. Although Josefina de la Cruz's (?   -    ) Una casa en el espacio ["A House in Space"] (1986) could be considered the first sf work from the island, this cannot be accepted without controversy owing to its generic ambivalence, Equipoisal between sf (perhaps), Fantasy and religious discourse. Its originality is, in ...

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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