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Usual Suspects, The

Film (1995). Polygram Entertainment and Spelling Films International present a Blue Parrott and Bad Hat Harry production. Directed by Bryan Singer. Written by Christopher McQuarrie. Cast includes Suzy Amis, Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Kevin Pollak, Pete Postlethwaite, Kevin Spacey and Benicio del Toro. Colour. 106 minutes. / A group of career criminals (see Crime and Punishment) struggles to ascertain the Identity of the Mysterious Stranger who is manipulating their ...

Cheney, Frank J

(1851-1919) US businessman and author whose first book, A Life of Unity and Other Stories (coll 1901), contains some fantasies. He is of sf interest for Ten Thousand Years Hence or 19002 of the Christian Era (1909), whose contemporary protagonist, the richest man in the world, finds himself transported (perhaps by Time Machine) to an Island ten millennia hence. Its inhabitants of the Utopia are superior versions of Homo sapiens who adhere to an advanced form of socialism. The capitalist returns ...

Anton, Ludwig

(1872-1941) Austrian medical doctor and author whose Anglophobe novel Brücken über den Weltraum (1922; trans by Konrad Schmidt as "Interplanetary Bridges" Winter 1933 Wonder Stories Quarterly) describes the colonization of Venus. [JC]


US Original-Anthology series published by Ballantine Books, edited by Judy-Lynn del Rey, who see for full publication details. The first issue was simply entitled Stellar (anth 1974); the titles of subsequent issues were expanded on the model of the second, Stellar Science-Fiction Stories #2 (anth 1976), and continued, roughly annually, until Stellar Science-Fiction Stories #7 (anth 1981). An associated book was Stellar Short Novels (anth 1976), also edited by del Rey. As the title suggests, ...

Adam, Paul

(1862-1920) French journalist, editor and author, mostly of historical novels through which he espoused strongly argued anarchist views. Of sf interest is Lettres de Malaisie ["Letters from Malaysia"] (November 1896-August 1897 La Revue Blanche; 1898; vt La Cité Prochaine ["The Next City"]: Lettres de Malaisie 1908) which described a totalitarian Dystopia occupying much of the interior of Borneo from 1850 onwards. Advanced Technology, which includes superior forms of Communication and ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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