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Moesta, Rebecca

(1956-    ) German-born US author, married to Kevin J Anderson, who in her solo work has concentrated mostly on Ties to the Star Wars universe, beginning with Star Wars: Junior Jedi Knights: Anakin's Quest (1997), and with one title, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Little Things (2002), contributed to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer sequence. Earlier, with her husband, she collaborated in many volumes of the Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights sequence, beginning with Star Wars: Young Jedi ...

Ex Machina [film]

Film (2015). DNA Films, Film4. Directed and written by Alex Garland. Cast includes Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Corey Johnson, Sonoya Mizuno, Alicia Vikander. 108 minutes. Colour. / Young Computer programmer Caleb (Gleeson) works for Bluebook, the world's leading search engine firm; the name derives at least in part from The Blue & Brown Books (1958) by Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), where the nature of consciousness is treated as deeply problematic. Caleb has just won the Wonka ...

Operation Neptune

Juvenile tv series (1953). NBC-TV network. Directors unknown. Writers included Gen Genovese. Cast includes Harold Conklin, Humphrey Davis, Todd Griffin, Richard Holland, Rusty Lane and Margaret Stewart. Possibly twelve 30-minute episodes. Black and white. / US Navy Commander Bud Hollister (Griffin) and his friend Dink Saunders (Holland) fight various undersea menaces beginning with Kebeda (Conklin), ruler of a kingdom Under the Sea. Other opponents include Thirza (Stewart) and Trychus ...

Tartakovsky, Genndy

(1970-    ) Russian-American director, scriptwriter, producer and animator whose family moved from the USSR to the US (via Italy) when he was seven. After studying at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), he briefly worked for Lapiz Azul Productions on Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1994) (see The Adventures of Batman and Robin). When Craig McCracken joined Hanna-Barbera he suggested his friends Tartakovsky and Rob Renzetti (see My Life as a Teenage Robot) also ...


This thematic term is chiefly associated with Comics, but the concept is widespread in general sf. Numerous Superheroes are effectively defined by their superpowers and, very often, corresponding weaknesses. Superman, a major twentieth-century archetype, has a large (though varying with character rewrites) assortment of special powers supposedly resulting from his Alien origin, the lesser Gravity of Earth compared to his homeworld Krypton, and the differing radiation of our Sun: the usual ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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