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Mundo, Oto

Pseudonym of unidentified US author (?   -?   ) whose sf novel, The Recovered Continent: A Tale of the Chinese Invasion (1898), awakens its protagonist (see Sleeper Awakes), who has been in Suspended Animation since 1874, in the continent-dominating America of 1926, where induced Climate Change has turned Greenland into a recovered continent. A hydrocephalic mental patient, after a nearly Mad Scientist has transformed him into a Superman, escapes from Greenland by ...

Lester, Richard

Working name of US Television and Cinema writer, producer and director Richard Lester Liebman (1932-    ), also credited as Dick Lester from 1955 to 1963; in the UK since 1955. He was influential in 1960s "Swinging England" with such Zeitgeist-attuned pop-culture productions as The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night (1964). His first sf film was the comedy The Mouse on the Moon (1963), based on Leonard Wibberley's novel The Mouse on the Moon, in part a Spacesuit Film featuring a ...

Tron

Film (1982) Lisberger/Kushner/Walt Disney. Directed by Steven Lisberger. Written by Lisberger, from a story by Lisberger, Bonnie MacBird. Cast includes Bruce Boxleitner, Jeff Bridges, Cindy Morgan and David Warner. 96 minutes. Colour. / In this pleasing but lightweight film, a young man (Bridges) seeks evidence about dirty work in the Computer company from which he has just resigned. Smuggled into the firm's building by friends, he is laser-deconstructed by the Master Control Program (or ...

Truman Show, The

Film (1998). Paramount Pictures presents a Scott Rudin production. Directed by Peter Weir. Written by Andrew Niccol. Cast includes Jim Carrey, Noah Emmerich, Ed Harris, Laura Linney and Natascha McElhone. 103 minutes. Colour. / Truman Burbank (Carrey) discovers that his entire life has been lived in a 24/7 reality television show, and that his idyllic Florida community is a vast enclosed soundstage in which everyone else is an actor. / Niccol's original, notably darker draft was set in ...

Bowman, Erin

(1985-    ) US author, most of whose work has been fantasy written for the Young Adult market, her first publications of significance being the Gray Wethersby sequence beginning with Taken (2013), set in a colouristically delineated Near Future Dystopian world, in a Keep-like enclave where all male children are ritually kidnapped on their eighteenth birthday. As may be expected, the world outside the walls is radically at odds with the militaristic hierarchy ostensibly in ...

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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