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Star Trek: Insurrection

Film (1998). Paramount. Directed by Jonathan Frakes. Written by Michael Piller; story Rick Berman & Piller. Cast includes F Murray Abraham, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Frakes, Gates McFadden, Donna Murphy, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner and Patrick Stewart. 103 minutes. Colour. / A utopian world with a fountain of youth is targeted by the Federation for appropriation at the expense of the resident population, who turn out to be post-technological and thus undefended by Prime Directive; the ...

Uplift

This term, both noun and verb, has entered the sf vocabulary, partly it may be to dodge the implications of, or simply to overleap, the kind of applied Eugenics that marks, for instance, the Arisians' breeding of an Aryan super race to rule the galaxies in E E Smith's Lensman series. Less toxically, the term tends to denote an assisted leap of Evolution – specifically, the raising of nonsentient or otherwise handicapped beings to a level of Intelligence or technological capability ...

Dark Shadows

US tv series (1966-1971). Dan Curtis Productions for ABC. Created by Dan Curtis. Producers included Curtis, Robert Costello, George DiCenzo, Peter Miner, Lela Swift and Sy Tomashoff. Directors included Lela Swift and John Sedwick. Writers included Art Wallace, Gordon Russell and Sam Hall. Cast included Alexandra Moltke (Victoria Winters), Jonathan Frid (Barnabas Collins), Joan Bennett (Elizabeth Collins), Louis Edmonds (Roger Collins), Thayer David (Ben Stokes), Grayson Hall (Julia Hoffman) and ...

Utter, Virgil S

(1925-2006) US fan and bibliographer whose first publications were letters to Astounding in 1942 and 1944. He wrote or co-wrote several titles in the Galactic Central Bibliographies for the Avid Reader series. The entry for Phil Stephensen-Payne gives the full list of these useful booklets; only Utter's solo contributions, on George Allan England and Perley Poore Sheehan, are shown below. His final bibliography, of E Hoffman Price, was a contribution to that author's posthumous essay collection ...

Collins, Colin

Pseudonym of UK author Oliver Merland (?   -?   ), author of a number of anonymous contributions to the Sexton Blake Library after World War One, and of work from the first decade of the twentieth century under other names, including Singleton Pound, some others almost certainly unidentified. As Colin Collins, he published three identified sf novels in book form: The Human Mole (1909), an adventure tale chock-full of Inventions, mainly the eponymous subterranean ...

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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