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Tolmie, Sarah

(1971-    ) Canadian academic, poet and author, active from before 2000. Her first novel, The Stone Boatmen (2014), takes place in a dazzlingly oneiric trio of interconnected Cities, set like destination points of an Archipelago, on the edge of a surrounding sea; their deep history remains obscure, though a pervading sensation of some lurking Time Abyss hints at an sf reading where the tale may be understood as taking place in the Far Future of a Dying Earth, and that any ...

Robinson, Frank M

(1926-2014) US editor and author, who began his career as an office boy with Ziff-Davis in the 1940s, where he first met his long-time colleague William Hamling; he began to publish work of genre interest with "The Maze" in Astounding for June 1950 and was for a time fairly prolific. At the end of this early period he released his first (and for decades his only) solo novel, The Power (1956), a tale which effectively combines sf and thriller in the story of the search for a malignant Superman ...

Abrams, J J

(1966-    ) US creator of Cinema productions and Television series, including works of major genre interest in both categories. In a precocious debut at age 15 he wrote the music for the Horror in SF film Nightbeast (1982) directed by Don Dohler. Early sf work as screenwriter includes the movies Forever Young (1992) – of which he was also executive producer – and Armageddon (1998) with Jonathan Hensleigh and others. His debut as film director was the spy thriller ...

Earl, Robert

(?   -    ) UK author of several Ties set in the Warhammer universe (see Warhammer 40,000), beginning with Warhammer: The Burning Shore (2004), and including Warhammer: Wild Kingdoms (2004) and its sequel. [JC]

Brazil [film]

Film (1985). Brazil/Twentieth Century Fox/Universal. Directed Terry Gilliam. Written by Gilliam, Tom Stoppard, Charles McKeown. Cast includes Robert De Niro, Kim Greist, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm, Bob Hoskins, Michael Palin, Jonathan Pryce, Ian Richardson and Peter Vaughan. European release 142 minutes; American release 132 minutes; "Sheinberg Edit" 94 minutes. Colour. / The US print of Brazil was initially cut by Universal because it was too long and depressing, but, following a highly ...

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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