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Perry, Elaine

(?   -    ) US author of a Near Future sf novel, Another Present Era (1990), set in an Entropic New York just as the lights go out, leaving the female protagonist alone (see Horror in SF) in an abandoned skyscraper as the rising waters begin to engulf Manhattan. [JC]

Viper

US tv series (1994; 1996-1999). Paramount Network Television/Paramount Domestic Television/Pet Fly Productions for NBC-TV/Syndicated. Created by Danny Bilson and Paul De Meo. Produced by Robert Benjamin, David L Beanes, Barbara Kelly, Michael Lacoe. Directors included Bruce Bilson, Gus Trikonis, Michael Vejar. Writers included Danny Bilson, Bruce Bilson, David Newman, Howard Chaykin, Andrew W Marlowe. Cast includes Dorian Harewood, Jeff Kaake, James McCaffrey (first and fourth seasons only) and ...

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

Film (2005). A Lucasfilm Ltd Production, a Twentieth Century Fox release. Directed by George Lucas. Written by Lucas. Cast includes Hayden Christensen, Samuel L Jackson, Ian McDiarmid, Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman. 140 minutes. Colour. / In Revenge of the Sith, the (apparently) final film in the Star Wars cycle, George Lucas finally packs away the cute sidekicks to dramatize the darkest moment in his Space Opera mythology: the corruption of Anakin Skywalker (Christensen) from Jedi ...

Hay, William Delisle

(1853-?   ) UK author and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, in New Zealand for some years, and known for writings on New Zealand matters, including Brighter Britain!; Or, Settler and Maori in Northern New Zealand (1882 2vols). His first sf tale, The Doom of the Great City; Being the Narrative of a Survivor, Written A.D. 1942 (1880 chap), retains interest for the vividness with which it presents three central topoi of the Death-of-the-City subgenre: the jeremiad in which ...

Holmes, Bruce T

(1946-    ) US singer/songwriter and author whose sf novel, Anvil of the Heart (1983), presents with some poignance one of the potential nightmares attendant upon the successful Genetic Engineering of the human species: the slow death of the last pre-altered humans as their children confront (and incomprehensibly transform) a new world. [JC]

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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