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Muller, Julius W

(1867-1930) US author, probably born George Washington Muller. His lightly fictionalized Future War text, The Invasion of America: A Fact Story Based on the Inexorable Mathematics of War (1916), describes a successful Near Future Invasion of America by a European coalition dominated by Germany. [JC]


Film (1978). New Breed. Directed, produced, written and photographed by Don Coscarelli. Cast includes Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister, Angus Scrimm and Bill Thornbury. 90 minutes, cut to 89 minutes. Colour. / At the independent, low-budget, exploitation end of the movie market, small miracles sometimes occur that could not take place inside a major studio. Phantasm is one such, a spirited blend of Horror, surrealism and sf, in which the presumably Alien and possibly supernatural Tall Man ...

Neuvel, Sylvain

(1973-    ) Canadian academic in the field of Linguistics and author, active in his professional field from the early years of this century. He came to sf notice with his first fiction, The Themis Files series beginning with Sleeping Giants (2016), whose child protagonist has been rescued from a giant Robot's hand deep Underground, and as an adult Scientist is in the forefront of a intense campaign to understand the ancient War between what may be robot civilizations, one of ...


The word "futurology" is a neologism coined in 1943 by a refugee German professor of sociology, Ossip K Flechtheim (1909-1998), then teaching in a US college; during the course of his American stay, he met and may have directly influenced Isaac Asimov, who was then beginning to publish the Robot/Foundation Future History that dominated his career, and whose central character, Hari Seldon, creates a mathematically-precise psychohistorical set of models permitting accurate Prediction of the ...

Babylon A.D.

Film (2008). Twentieth Century Fox presents a Babylon A.D. SAS and StudioCanal production. Directed by Mathieu Kassovitz. Written by Éric Besnard, Mathieu Kassovitz and Joseph Simas from the novel Babylon Babies (1999) by Maurice G Dantec. Cast includes Gérard Depardieu, Vin Diesel, Charlotte Rampling, Mélanie Thierry, Lambert Wilson and Michelle Yeoh. 96 minutes. Colour. / The mercenary Toorop (Diesel) is hired by Russian mobster Gorsky (Depardieu) to escort ...

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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