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Shegelski, Mark R A

(1957-    ) Canadian physicist, teacher and author whose first book, Remembering the Future (coll of linked stories 2009), ingeniously deploys problems in Physics and other sciences as challenges to the protagonist of the tales here assembled; he has discovered that he suffers from a form of Precognition, so that he finds himself (as it were) in the "past" of future events he might wish to change. But Time Paradoxes, and other principles governing the ineluctable reality of ...

Last Night

Film (1998). Rhombus Media presents in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Haut et Court and La Sept-Arte a film produced with the participation of Téléfilm Canada. Written and directed by Don McKellar. Cast includes Michael Barry, Geneviève Bujold, Jackie Burroughs, David Cronenberg, Robin Gammell, Arsinée Khanjian, Roberta Maxwell, Don McKellar, Sandra Oh, Sarah Polley, Callum Keith Rennie and Tracy Wright. Colour. 95 minutes. / An ensemble ...

Vidal, Gore

(1925-2012) US author, from the 1950s until 2003 resident in Italy, of specific interest in the context of this encyclopedia for a surprising range of works of the fantastic, though his cavalier intimacy with his material makes it hard to think of him as a Mainstream Writer of SF; he is also of interest for several volumes of essays, beginning with Rocking the Boat (coll 1962) and assembled with new material as United States: Essays 1952-1992 (coll 1993), which contains essays on a large number ...

Spider-Man 3

Film (2007). Columbia Pictures presents a Marvel Studios/Laura Ziskin production. Directed by Sam Raimi. Written by Sam & Ivan Raimi and Alvin Sargent; story by Raimi & Raimi, based on the Marvel Comic by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Cast includes Elizabeth Banks, Thomas Haden Church, James Cromwell, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Topher Grace, Rosemary Harris, Bryce Dallas Howard, Tobey Maguire and J K Simmons. 139 minutes. Colour. / After the languid and lachrymose Spider-Man 2, this ...

Main, R Edward

(1937-    ) US author of a Young Adult tale, Maiden Voyager (2005), in which a sheltered teenager must try to find her lost father in the mysterious "void" via which interstellar travel is possible; inside the void, much is discovered. [JC]

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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