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Limitless

Film (2011). Relativity in association with Virgin Produced presents a Rogue/Many Rivers/Boy of the Year production in association with Intermedia Film. Directed by Neil Burger. Written by Leslie Dixon, based on the novel The Dark Fields (2001) by Alan Glynn. Cast includes Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, Robert de Niro, Anna Friel and Andrew Howard. 105 minutes. Colour. / A blocked sf novelist acquires an illicit stash of genius (and eidetic-Memory) pills and reinvents himself as a financial ...

Time Opera

A potentially useful item of Terminology which has yet to be generally adopted. It seems to have been coined by Anthony Boucher in his Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction editorial introduction to the first story in Poul Anderson's Time Patrol sequence, "Time Patrol" (May 1955 F&SF): / "Space operas are all very well; but for real honest swashbuckling adventure, spiced with intellectual paradoxes and startling historical contrasts, give me that rarer art form, the time opera." ...

Invisible Man, The

1. Film (1933). Universal. Directed by James Whale. Cast includes with small roles for Walter Brennan, John Carradine, E E Clive, William Harrigan, Una O'Connor, Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart and Henry Travers. Written by R C Sherriff and Philip Wylie, based on The Invisible Man (1897) by H G Wells. 71 minutes. Black and white. / As in all of Whale's sf films, Wells's tale is conveyed swiftly, with fluid expressionist chiaroscuro effects tellingly evident from the first shot, which – ...

Reich Star

Role Playing Game (1991). Creative Encounters. Designed by Ken Richardson, Simon Bell. / Reich Star is a Space Opera set in a world where the Nazis won (see Hitler Wins). In its Alternate History Germany's early development of atomic weapons allowed it to conquer the Allies in what is now known as the "War of Unification". Two hundred years later, Earth – or "Erde" – is heavily polluted and severely over-populated, trapped in a centuries-long Cold War between the totalitarian ...

Moscoe, Mike

(1947-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Summer Hopes – Winter Dreams" for Analog in March 1991, but who has since concentrated mainly on series, sometimes as by Mike Shepherd, beginning with the Lost Millennium sequence comprising First Dawn (1996) Second Fire (1997) and Lost Days (1998), whose protagonists arrive via Time Travel in prehistoric Europe, where they attempt to change their own desolate Near Future world by teaching goddess ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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