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6th Day, The

Film (2000). Phoenix Pictures presents a Jon Davison production. Directed by Roger Spottiswoode. Written by Cormac Wibberly, Marianne Wibberly. Cast includes Robert Duvall, Tony Goldwyn, Michael Rooker and Arnold Schwarzenegger. 123 minutes. Colour. / In the future, mankind has the Technology to replicate humans physically and mentally, but the process is illegal. Unsurprisingly, certain rich and powerful individuals are nevertheless being cloned (see Clones) in this way, under a programme ...

Science Fantasy [magazine]

1. UK Digest-size magazine published from Summer 1950 by Nova Publications as a companion to New Worlds; subsequently taken over by Roberts & Vinter in June/July 1964, thereafter in a pocketbook format. 81 issues appeared as Science Fantasy Summer 1950 to February 1966, and twelve more March 1966 to February 1967 as Impulse (March-July 1966) and SF Impulse (August 1966-February 1967). Issues #1 and #2 (Summer-Winter 1950) were edited by Walter Gillings; John Carnell then took over until ...

Faber, Geoffrey

(1889-1961) UK publisher, founder of the London firm which bears his name; author of an in effect self-published Lost Race novel, Elnovia: An Entertainment for Novel-Readers (1925), in which the eponymous inhabited flying Island is discovered by an advanced aeroplane (see Transportation). The Utopian pretensions of the islanders are treated mockingly. [JC]

Jensen, Kris

(1953-2014) US author who began publishing sf with her first novel FreeMaster (1990). This opens the Ardel trilogy – whose further volumes are Mentor (1991) and Healer (1993) – in which an unscrupulous interstellar corporation is baulked from exploiting a mineral-rich planet inhabited by Aliens with Psi Powers. Of greatest interest are the detailed descriptions of the strange Biology of the Ardellans, which help give the sequence its pleasing Planetary-Romance flavour. [JC]

Russell, Addison Peale

(1826-1912) US journalist, politician and author whose Sub-Coelum: A Sky-Built Human World (1893) is a Utopia written, like so many others from this decade, to counter the influence of Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward 2000-1887 (1888). The setting is an unspecified Near Future, in a land with no name, whose inhabitants – who constantly observe and report upon one another – are forcibly conditioned into behaviour patterns the author designates as "pure" (see B F Skinner): Sex is ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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