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Film (1992). Morgan Creek/Ronald Shusett/Warner Bros. Directed by Geoff Murphy. Written by Steven Pressfield, Ronald Shusett, Dan Gilroy, based on Immortality Delivered (October 1958-February 1959 Galaxy as "Time Killer"; 1958; exp vt Immortality, Inc. 1959) by Robert Sheckley. Cast includes Jonathan Banks, Emilio Estevez, Anthony Hopkins, Mick Jagger and Rene Russo. 108 minutes. Colour. / From the producers of Total Recall (1990) and the New Zealand director of The Quiet Earth (1985), this ...

Halsbury, Earl of

Working name and title of UK barrister and author Hardinge Goulburn Giffard (1880-1943), Second Earl of Halsbury; his father, Hardinge Stanley Giffard (1823-1921), the first earl, was British Lord Chancellor for seventeen years at the end of the nineteenth century; Giffard was in active service during World War One. His Future War novel, 1944 (1926), depicts a cataclysmic conflict in which the USSR attacks London from the air, leaving only a few survivors. The war becomes worldwide; America, ...

Pearl, Jack

(1923-1992) US author of the Space Eagle sequence, comprising The Space Eagle: Operation Doomsday (1967) and The Space Eagle: Operation Star Voyage (1967), and Tied, unusually, to an individual, Raymond J Meurer. The stories are written for the Young Adult market and involve Inventions implausible in their Near Future 1970s context, including an impregnable spaceship with a Faster Than Light drive powered by an Antimatter engine. Pearl also wrote some individual ties. [JC]

Greenleaf, William

(1948-    ) US author, not to be confused with the William Greenleaf (1917-1975) whose works are in the field of economics; Greenleaf began publishing sf with his first novel, Timejumper (1980), an adventure incorporating an unusually subtle presentation of the rite of passage – the empowering journey of the protagonist towards a culture-redeeming Conceptual Breakthrough – central to the sf genre. His further novels share a common galactic background, though it ...

Grimes, Tom

Working name of Thomas J Grimes (1954-    ), US author of two Near Future Satires: City of God (1995) views pre-millennium America as a media-dominated funhouse full of terrors; (A Medicated Memoir) (2003) sends its protagonist through a similarly deranged and deranging Cyberspace in a McGuffin-like quest for the source of a strange new disease, which turns out not to be so harmless as it may have seemed, as it is a viral manifestation of ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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