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Repo Men

Film (2010). Universal Pictures in association with Relativity Media presents a Stuber Pictures production in association with Dentsu. Directed by Miguel Sapochnik. Written by Eric Garcia and Garrett Lerner, based on The Repossession Mambo (2009) by Garcia. Cast includes Alice Braga, Jude Law, Liev Schreiber and Forest Whitaker. Original release version 111 minutes; extended DVD version 119 minutes. Colour. / A surgical bounty hunter (Law, somewhat miscast) makes his living by repossessing ...

Harry, Eric L

(1958-    ) US lawyer and author whose novels are mostly Technothrillers, though his first, Arc Light (1994), depicts the full-blown onset of World War Three as nuclear conflict between Russia and China rapidly escalates, and America becomes involved in an Asian land war. Society of the Mind: A Cyberthriller (1996) describes "knowledge" as a self-replicating virus, by virtue of which Computers may turn into AIs and rule the world. Protect and Defend (1997) and Invasion ...

Doke, Joseph J

(1861-1913) UK Baptist minister, frequent visitor to and finally resident of South Africa, author of the first significant study of Mahatma Gandhi, M K Gandhi: An Indian Patriot in South Africa (1909). He is of sf interest for the Reinhild sequence of Lost Race novels – The Secret City: A Romance of the Karroo (1913) and its prequel, The Queen of the Secret City (1916) – which are set in an ancient Egyptian civilization hidden in the city of Nefert in the Kalahari desert of South ...

Leiber, Justin

(1938-2016) US academic philosopher from 1962 at various universities and author, son of Fritz Leiber; he used sf as a medium for speculation in his field of interest, the philosophy of the mind. Thus his first novel, Beyond Rejection (1980), which begins the Beyond sequence, deals in considerable detail with the problems of acclimatization associated with transplanting the recorded mind of a man into the body of a woman (see Identity Transfer) who incidentally has a prehensile tail, a physical ...

Minor, John W

Pseudonym of US author George Lynde Catlin (1840-1896), who specialized in nonfiction, much of it devoted to various railways and railroads. "Bietigheim" (1886) as by John W Minor is a Future War tale set in 1890-1891 between the US and her allies and Germany and hers. Germany loses, and by 1910 republics – on the model of the United States of America – have replaced the old monarchies throughout Europe (see Politics); Latin America is also transformed on the American model. Only ...

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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