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Amazing Spider-Man 2, The

Film (2014). Columbia Pictures presents a Marvel Entertainment/Avi Arad/Matt Tolmach production. Directed by Marc Webb. Written by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner; story by Kurtzman, Orci, Pinkner, and James Vanderbilt. Cast includes Dane de Haan, Sally Field, Jamie Foxx, Andrew Garfield, Paul Giamatti, Felicity Jones and Emma Stone. 142 minutes. Colour, 3D (converted). / Having broken his promise in The Amazing Spider-Man to keep away from girlfriend Gwen Stacy, Peter ...

Lacey, Catherine

(1985-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "An Honest World" in Gigantic Worlds (anth 2015) edited by Lincoln Michel and Nadxieli Nietois; it was assembled with other early work as Certain American States (coll 2018). She is of sf interest for her third novel Pew (2020), where her continuing explorations of contemporary Identity and its displays and extinctions can be understood as exploiting the literalism of Fantastika. The psychic travels and ...


Videogame (1962). Designed by Stephen Russell, J M Graetz, Wayne Wiitanen. Platforms: Mainframe, Arcade, Others. / While not the first game to be implemented using electronic hardware, Spacewar was the first such game with an original design, and the first to be widely distributed. Inspired by E E Smith's Lensman and Skylark series, the developers decided to write a game for the new PDP-1 minicomputer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, based around the theme of interplanetary ...

Coleman, Loren

(1947-    ) US author whose works run a Fortean (see Charles Fort) gamut from cryptozoology to UFO studies. He is listed here primarily to distinguish him from his near-namesake, Loren L Coleman. [JC]

Merritt, A

(1884-1943) US editor, real-estate developer and author, primarily of Fantasy and Science Fantasy though he was influential among sf writers and readers as well. His first years were occupied with newspaper journalism; he was a longtime assistant editor of The American Weekly, becoming editor-in-chief in 1937 and remaining so until his death. Though his fiction was written as a sideline to this busy career between 1917 and 1934, which may explain why his output was small compared to most ...

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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