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Larson, Ellen

(?   -    ) US editor and author whose sf novel, The Measure of the Universe (2002) follows the eventually romantic interactions of a human and a visiting Alien archaeologist who meet on a Greek Island during the course of his attempts (see Linguistics) to recover for his species the literal art of writing. [JC]


American film (2013). Tristar Pictures/Sony. Directed by Neill Blomkamp. Written by Neill Blomkamp. Cast includes Alice Braga, Sharlto Copley, Matt Damon, William Fichtner, Jodie Foster, Diego Luna and Wagner Moura. 109 minutes. Colour. / In the year 2154, Earth's wealthiest citizens have retreated to an enormous, torus-shaped Space Habitat called Elysium (see Keep), where they enjoy idyllic lives in Earth orbit while masses of poor people suffer on the surface of an overpopulated, polluted ...

Branley, Franklyn M

(1915-2002) US scientist and author, director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York, 1968-1972. Most of his approximately 200 works of nonfiction, many of them concerning Astronomy and Space Flight, were written for the Young Adult market [see highly selected list below]. His one sf novel, the Young Adult Lodestar, Rocket Ship to Mars: The Record of the First Operation Sponsored by the Federal Commission for Interplanetary Exploration (1951) describes a Rocket voyage to Mars in 1971 and details ...

Ewok Adventure, The

Made-for-tv film (1984; vt Caravan of Courage). Lucasfilm/Korty Films for ABC TV. Executive producer George Lucas. Directed by John Korty. Written by Lucas. Cast includes Aubree Miller and Eric Walker. 120 minutes, cut to 97 minutes. Colour. / When the family spaceship crashes on an alien moon, the parents are captured by a monster and their two children cared for by Ewoks, the teddy-bear aliens first seen in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983). After a long trek, the ...

Dimopoulos, Elaine

(?   -    ) US teacher and author whose Young Adult Dystopian Near Future tale, Material Girls (2015), is set in an America insignificantly different from the real world, except that that aspect of the Media Landscape concerned with clothes and fashion (see also Advertising) has here gained mandatory control over what is worn. Everyone changes gear according to diktat. The Satire is clear, though mildly couched. The two young protagonists, one a maven with ...

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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