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Independence Day

Film (1996). Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation presents a Centropolis Entertainment production. Directed by Roland Emmerich. Written by Emmerich, Dean Devlin. Cast includes Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch, Mary McDonnel, Bill Pullman, Randy Quaid and Will Smith. 145 minutes (special edition 153). Colour. / A vast Alien Spaceship enters Earth's orbit on the morning of 2 July. Within hours a fleet of warships takes up position above Earth's most important cities and reduces them to rubble, ...

Poole, Gary

(?   -    ) US editor, in collaboration with John Ringo, of Original Anthologies set in the universe of the latter's Black Tide Rising Zombie apocalypse sequence; the first of these anthologies is Black Tide Rising (anth 2016) with John Ringo. [DRL]

Parker, Joseph W

(?   -?   ) US author of Doctor Crosby's Strange Experience; Or, a New World by 1944 (1935 chap), in which America becomes a livable Utopia, on socialist principles, in the Near Future. [JC]

Quiet Earth, The

Film (1985). Cinepro/Pillsbury. Directed by Geoffrey Murphy. Written by Bill Baer, Bruno Lawrence, Sam Pillsbury, based on The Quiet Earth (1981) by Craig Harrison. Cast includes Bruno Lawrence, Alison Routledge and Peter Smith. 91 minutes. Colour. / This New Zealand film tells of a scientific/metaphysical Disaster, perhaps consequent upon a secret project in energy transmission, in which all people disappear from the Earth except those who coincidentally die at the moment of the disaster: ...

Carver, Jeffrey A

(1949-    ) US author who began publishing sf with "... Of No Return" for Fiction Magazine in 1974. His first novel, Seas of Ernathe (1976), which serves as an introduction to his loose Star Rigger sequence of Space Operas, showed early signs of a love of plot and thematic complexity which would take him some time, and several novels, to control. The continuation, Star Rigger's Way (1978), for instance, combines quest routines, new starflight technologies, various planets ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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