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Star Trek: Generations

Film (1994). Paramount. Produced by Rick Berman. Directed by David Carson. Written by Ronald D Moore and Brannon Braga, based on a story by Berman, Moore and Braga. Cast includes LeVar Burton, James Doohan, Michael Dorn, Jonathan Frakes, Walter Koenig, Malcolm McDowell, Gates McFadden, William Shatner, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner and Patrick Stewart. 117 minutes. Colour. / This is the seventh film spin-off from the Star Trek franchise, though the first actually spun off from Star Trek: The ...

Erpenbeck, Jenny

(1967-    ) German opera director and author who is of sf interest for her second novel, Aller Tage Abend (2012; trans Susan Bernofsky as The End of Days 2014) which resembles Kate Atkinson's almost simultaneous Life After Life (2013) in its treatment of the twentieth century as being more than one might ask of any protagonist to live through without dying again and again (see Fantastika). Each new life creates a sort of Parallel World, with events in each of these worlds ...


The legend of Atlantis, an advanced civilization on a continent (or large Island) in the middle of the Atlantic which was overwhelmed by some geological cataclysm, has its earliest extant source in Plato's dialogues Timaeus and Critias (circa 350 BCE). The legend can be seen as a parable of the Fall of Man, and writers who have since embroidered the story have generally shown less interest in the cataclysm itself than in the attributes of the prelapsarian Atlanteans, who have often been given ...

Tales of Moreauvia

Canadian Semiprozine published by Creative Guy Publishing, Vancouver, British Columbia, and edited by Peter S Allen; letter-size, planned as semi-annual, but the four issues are dated Spring 2008, Summer 2009, Winter (November) 2010 and finally Summer 2012. It labelled itself "Flights of Historical Fancy", the contents being a mixture of Steampunk, Alternate History and historical sf (see History in SF). The Shared World background was the Alternate World of Moreauvia, which took its name from ...

Rocket Man, The

Film (1954; vt McCluskey Strikes a Blow [original script title]). Panoramic Productions/20th Century Fox Film Corporation. Produced by Leonard Goldstein. Directed by Oscar Rudolph. Written by Lenny Bruce and Jack Henley from a story by George W George and George F Slavin. Cast includes John Agar, Spring Byington, Charles Coburn, Anne Francis, Emory Parnell and George "Foghorn" Winslow. 79 minutes. Black and white. / Young Timmy (Winslow) has obtained a Ray Gun – possibly from his ...

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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