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Zeiram

Film (1991 Japan; vt Zeram). Tōhō. Directed by Keita Amemiya. Written by Keita Amemiya and Hajime Matsumoto. Cast includes Yūko Moriyama. 92 minutes. Colour. / The titular Alien Shapeshifter, whose only vulnerable spot is its face, attacks planet Earth but is temporarily contained by the off-world bounty-hunter Iria (Moriyama) within a Pocket Universe called the Zone. They fight. Since the Zone looks exactly like a deserted copy of contemporary urban Japan, this allows for a ...

Jeter, K W

(1950-    ) US author of importance as an author of horror novels, the highly charged claustrophobia of his style fitting the essential affect of that genre rather better than it does sf. His early work, generally conceived in sf terms, gives off an air of hectic congestion which sometimes interferes with the presentation of ideas, with the cognitively unencumbered articulation of some barrier through which the story (and its protagonists) penetrate; for him, as for most ...

Outlander

Film (2008). The Weinstein Company and Virtual Films present an Ascendant Pictures and VIP 4 production in association with Rising Star. Directed by Howard McCain. Written by Dirk Blackman and Howard McCain. Cast includes Jim Caviezel, John Hurt, Jack Huston, Sophia Myles and Ron Perlman. 115 minutes. Colour. / Mysterious Stranger Kainan (Caviezel) crash-lands his Spaceship close to the Scandinavian Iron Age settlement of Heorot, spilling into its midst an off-world Alien called a ...

Lindner, Robert

(1914-1956) US lay psychoanalyst and prison psychologist who reported on his work in the latter capacity in Rebel Without a Cause: The Hypnoanalysis of a Criminal Psychopath (1944), filmed in 1955. He is of sf interest for "The Jet-Propelled Couch: The Story of Kirk" (December 1954-January 1955 Harper's Magazine), a long narrative essay – later included in The Fifty-Minute Hour: A Collection of True Psychoanalytic Tales (coll 1955; vt The Jet-Propelled Couch and Other True Psychoanalytic ...

Chait, Gavin

(1974-    ) South African chemist, economist and author, in UK from around 2008, whose sf novel Tartarus Falls (2015 ebook; vt Lament for the Fallen 2016) locates a seeming First Contact event in Near Future Nigeria, where the survivor of a crash from space turns out to be a human-like, possibly Immortal Mysterious Stranger who claims to have escaped from a Prison in space (see Crime and Punishment). He plans, with the help of the isolated villagers he has encountered, to ...

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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