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Arachnophobia

Film (1990). Hollywood Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company), Amblin, Tangled Web. Executive producers Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall. Directed by Marshall. Written by Don Jakoby, Wesley Strick, from a story by Jakoby and Al Williams. Cast includes Jeff Daniels, John Goodman, Henry Jones, Harley Jane Kozak and Julian Sands. 109 minutes. Colour. / Frank Marshall, a longtime colleague of Spielberg as a producer, here made his directorial debut with an almost perfectly choreographed Monster ...

Kahaney, Amelia

(?   -    ) US author whose Young Adult Near Future Brokenhearted sequence beginning with The Brokenhearted (2013), and set in a Dystopian version of New York here called Bedlam, puts more emphasis on the romantic element than perhaps normal in this kind of fiction. The mandatory love triangle soon turns violent: the young protagonist runs away with her louche lover, is killed, awakens with Superpowers, which augment her ballerina skills. In The Invisible: A ...

Le Guin, Ursula K

(1929-2018) US author, based in Portland, Oregon, whose first novel was published in 1966; by 1970 she was already recognized as one of the most important writers within the field. Decades before her death, her reputation had extended far beyond the readership of Genre SF, while within the genre she was honoured with five Hugos and six Nebulas; as much attention has been paid to her by the academic community as to Philip K Dick. / Le Guin was the daughter of Dr Alfred Louis Kroeber ...

OMPA

Known usually by its acronym, the Offtrail Magazine Publishers Association (1954-1978 or 1979) was an APA formed in the UK by Kenneth Bulmer and A Vincent Clarke, whose founder members included Chuck Harris. OMPA was modelled on FAPA, and was likewise created to facilitate distribution of Fanzines published by and for members. Early contributors included John Brunner and Michael Moorcock; others with entries in this encyclopedia who were members at one time or another include Mike Ashley, Greg ...

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 ...

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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