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Koepp, David

(1963-    ) US screenwriter, director and author, who remains almost certainly best known for his long and successful career in the first of these fields. Of his thirty or more screenplays since 1988, several (sometimes in collaboration) have been sf, including Jurassic Park (1993) directed by Steven Spielberg [for sequels see that entry], Mission: Impossible (1996) directed by Brian De Palma, Spider-Man (2002) directed by Sam Raimi, War of the Worlds (2005) directed by ...

Donnelly, H Grattan

(1850-1931) Irish-born playwright and author, in US from early manhood; he wrote three sf novels: The Coming Crown (1880 chap), a Satire on tendencies he detected for the American presidency to become a form of monarchy in the Near Future; '84, a Political Revelation (1883 chap), which predicts further postbellum turmoils; and The Stricken Nation (1890 chap), depicting a Future War in which an unprepared America is devastated by a ruthless Great Britain (see Invasion). The cover illustration ...

Metzl, Jamie

(1968-    ) US entrepreneur and author whose Rich Azadian series beginning with Genesis Code (2014) features a Near Future rightwing conspiracy to manipulate the American Political scene of 2023 and ensure the election of a demagogue to the presidency. Star reporter Rich Azadian, and his cadre of tech-smart collaborators, are drawn into this conspiracy through the unsolved mass murders of pregnant young women, and an accompanying Genetic Engineering scandal. Eternal Sonata ...

Fripp, Robert

(1946-    ) UK musician, best known for founding King Crimson. Fripp has released a great many solo albums and collaborations with various other artists, often avant-garde and experimental in style. With Brian Eno he recorded the instrumental No Pussyfooting (1973), an evocatively droning and repeating work. The titles of its two tracks "The Heavenly Musical Corporation" and "Swastika Girls" both make reference to Philip K Dick's The Man in the High Castle. 1999 (1994) is an ...

Creature with the Atom Brain

Film (1955). Clover Productions/Columbia Pictures. Produced by Sam Katzman (uncredited). Directed by Edward L Cahn. Written by Curt Siodmak from his own original story. Special effects by Jack Erickson. Cast includes Richard Denning, Gregory Gaye (credited as Gregory Gay), Michael Granger and S John Launer. 69 minutes. Black and white. / Gangster Frank Buchanan (Granger) has been exiled to Europe after rival gangsters betrayed him to law enforcement authorities. There he meets the former ...

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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