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Wolfe, Louis

(1905-1985) US author in whose Children's SF tale, Journey of the Oceanauts: Across the Bottom of the Atlantic Ocean on Foot (1968), three genetically engineered (see Genetic Engineering) Mutants make the eponymous 4000 mile trek. [JC]


US tv series (2005-2006). Rock Fish Productions/NBC Universal Television for NBC-TV. Created by Jonas and Josh Pate. Produced by Ed Milkovich, Joy Beattie, Dan Dworkin and Darcy Meyers. Directors included Jeffrey Reiner, John Behring and Bill Eagles. Writers included Beattie, Dworkin and Chip Johannessen. Cast includes Lake Bell, Jay R Ferguson, Eddie Hassell, Carter Jenkins, Leighton Meester and Rade Šerbedžija. 14 43-minute episodes. Colour. / Oceanographer Laura Daughtery ...

Avenger, The

Pulp Magazine published by Street & Smith for 24 issues, September 1939 to September 1942. Publication was monthly to July 1940, then bimonthly to the end. Edited by John Nanovic. / Each issue of The Avenger featured a short novel by Paul Ernst writing as Kenneth Robeson, plus short mystery stories by various authors. The Avenger was Richard Benson, a wealthy adventurer whose family is murdered by criminals in an aeroplane crash caused by sabotage. The shock turns his skin and hair pure ...

Mirror's Edge

Videogame (2008). Digital Illusions CE. Designed by Thomas Andersson. Platforms: PS3, XB360 (2008); Win (2009). / Mirror's Edge is a platform game (see Videogames) which is displayed using three-dimensional graphics. Unusually for a Videogame which depends on the "platform" mechanics of jumping and climbing, events are seen from the protagonist's perspective rather than from an external view. The setting is a totalitarian Utopia, a nameless future City whose people have given up their ...

Johnson, Stanley

(1940-    ) UK politician, businessman, environmentalist and author. His novels, beginning with Gold Drain (1967), tend to be political/spy thrillers, some of which are sufficiently explorative to be thought of as Technothrillers. The Marburg Virus (1982; vt The Virus 2020) follows the efforts of an epidemiologist to trace an incipient Pandemic back to its source, with a Cold War subplot threatening to take centre stage. In Icecap (1999; vt The Warming 2015), a long ...

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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