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Deadly Harvest

Film (1977). Burg-Ambassador, Joebeck Production. Directed by Timothy Bond. Written by Martin Lager. Cast includes David Brown, Kim Cattrall, Gary Davies, Nehemiah Persoff and Clint Walker. 87 minutes. Colour. / Deadly Harvest is set in an over-industrialized Near Future America where Climate Change in the form of global cooling has shrunk available farmland. Predictably this leads to chaos, with roving bands out to steal whatever food supplies they can; several such raids are led by Mort ...

28 Days Later

1. Film (2002). DNA Films/British Film Council. Directed by Danny Boyle. Written by Alex Garland. Cast includes Megan Burns, Christopher Eccleston, Brendan Gleason, Naomie Harris, Noah Huntley, Stuart McQuarrie and Cillian Murphy. 113 minutes. Colour. / Prologue. Animal rights activists break into the Cambridge Primate Research Centre where they let loose a number of chimpanzees infected with a rage-inducing virus. Like Ebola, this transmits through personal contact (the whole of 28 Days ...

Ochse, Weston

(1965-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Holy Ghost Hit Parade" in Darkness Within for January 1999; most of his stories and novels have been horror and supernatural thrillers, beginning with Scarecrow Gods (2005), and including the SEAL Team 666 sequence beginning with SEAL Team 666 (2012) about an elite government military unit that defends America from supernatural incursions. Of sf interest is Blood Ocean (2012), Ochse's first contribution ...

Cobb, Ron

(1937-2020) US cartoonist, animator, illustrator, film designer, director, videogame designer and author, in Australia from 1972; active from the mid-1950s, initially as an animation inbetweener for y Studios [for Disney see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. His first illustration of sf interest was the July 1959 cover for F&SF; he only rarely produced genre cover work since, examples being Autumn Angels (1975) by Arthur Byron Cover, Famous Monsters of Filmland and Monster ...

Cowling, Ruby

(?   -    ) UK academic and author whose first decade of stories – most of interest as Fantastika, all unfailingly adventurous – have been assembled as This Paradise (coll 2019); most of her work is set in a surveillance-soaked Paranoia-inducing very Near Future rather similar to that found in several of the episodes of the Television anthology series Black Mirror (2011-2019). On the Caribbean island described as "This Paradise", a twenty-nine year ...

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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