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Starship Troopers

Film (1997). TriStar Pictures and Touchstone Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company) present a Jon Davison production. Directed by Paul Verhoeven. Written by Ed Neumeier based on Starship Troopers (October-November 1959 F&SF as "Starship Soldier"; 1959) by Robert A Heinlein. Cast includes Clancy Brown, Jake Busey, Casper Van Dien, Neil Patrick Harris, Michael Ironside, Dina Meyer and Denise Richards. 129 minutes. Colour. / Starship Troopers the film operates as critique as well as ...

Cridge, Alfred Denton

(1860-1922) US lecturer and author, son of Annie Denton Cridge; of sf interest is his Feminist Utopia, Utopia; Or, the History of an Extinct Planet, Psychometrically Explained (1884 chap). He should not be confused with his identically named father Alfred Denton Cridge (?1824-?1902). [JC]

Herscholt, Wolfe

An Australian pseudonym or more likely a House Name used mainly by G C Bleeck and Russell Hausfeld on some unremarkable Scientific Thrillers titles, two of them of novella length. These are Magnetic Peril (1949 chap) and X-Ray Menace (1949 chap), both involving Inventions; in the first a new metal is used to magnetically attract ocean liners, which are then looted, and in the second, an x-ray camera is used to make a film (see Cinema) that exposes the secret lives of Hollywood stars. [JC]

Kneen, Krissy

(1968-    ) Australian bookseller, film and television director, screenwriter and author. In An Uncertain Grace (2017) a young woman intensely focused on recreating the night she lost her virginity (see Sex) invents a Virtual Reality immersion device. Her seducer, a teacher who had made questionable use of the power of his position, is forced to wear this suit, and to come to a better understanding of what they had shared, what he had inflicted. Wintering (2018), set in a ...

Cronin, Justin

(1962-    ) US author whose first two novels have no fantastic content, but whose ongoing series, The Passage sequence comprising The Passage (2010), The Twelve (2012) and The City of Mirrors (2016), presents a complexly plotted set of interweaving stories, beginning in the Near Future, mainly in an America savagely afflicted by Pollution and Ecological degradation; a sudden Pandemic, whose source is a South American bat, creates Vampire-like creatures who transform this ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...



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