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Dark Star

Film (1974). Jack H Harris Enterprises. Directed by John Carpenter. Written by Carpenter, O'Bannon. Cast includes Brian Narelle, Dan O'Bannon, Dre Pahich and Joe Saunders. 83 minutes. Colour. / This cult success, Carpenter's debut, was originally a 45-minute film shot on 16mm by students at the University of Southern California for $6000, but producer Jack H Harris provided cash for new footage and for transfer to 35mm film stock. Dark Star ...

Spider-Man: Far from Home

Film (2019). Marvel Studios, Columbia Pictures, Pascal Pictures. Directed by Jon Watts. Written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, based on the Marvel Comic by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Cast includes Jacob Batalon, Jon Favreau, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tom Holland, Samuel L Jackson, J B Smoove, Cobie Smulders, Martin Starr, Marisa Tomei and Zendaya. 129 minutes. Colour. / Marvel staple Nick Fury (Jackson) investigates attacks from the Earth and Air Elementals which were foiled by Quentin ...

Fin du Monde, La

Film (1931; vt The End of the World). L'Écran d'Art. Directed by Abel Gance. Written by Gance, suggested by a story by Camille Flammarion. Cast includes Jeanne Brindeau, Colette Darfeuil, Samson Fainsilber, Victor Francen, Gance and Sylvie Grenade. 105 minutes, cut to 91 minutes, cut to 54 minutes. Black and white. / This tells of a Comet's approach to Earth and of the upheavals (natural and cultural) ...

Green, Martin

(1927-2010) UK academic and author, in US from 1952. Some of his early studies of the linkages between culture and literature – like "Science and Sensibility" and "Science Fiction" (in Science and the Shabby Curate of Poetry: Essays About the Two Cultures, coll 1964), and Children of the Sun: A Narrative of "Decadence" in England after 1918 (1976; rev 1977) – express a remote interest in Genre SF, as filtered through ...

Anam, Tahmima

(1975-    ) Bangladeshi-born author, variously in France and elsewhere from childhood, in UK from about 2010. Her fiction, beginning with A Golden Age (2007), has been sharply topical, without any extraction of topoi from the fantastic. Her fourth novel, The Startup Wife (2021), set in the very Near Future water margins of Fantastika, traces the interweaving consequences of a married ...

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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