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Defiance [game]

Videogame (2013). Trion Worlds. Platforms: PS3, Win, XB360. / The Television series Defiance (2013-current) is set on a near future Earth which has been transformed into an alien frontier. In the programme's backstory a civilization made up of diverse alien species arrives from another star, looking for a new home after the destruction of their own solar system. (The most prominent writer for the show, Rockne S O'Bannon, previously worked on Alien Nation [1988], a film with a somewhat ...

D'Ivoi, Paul

House name (literally) of French author Paul Deleutre (1856-1915) and of other members of his family; Paul Deleutre wrote under this name a 21-volume series of Fantastic Voyages, under the series titles Les Voyages Excentriques ["Eccentric Voyages"], in a clear attempt to compete with Jules Verne's Les Voyages Extraordinaires ["Extraordinary Voyages"], the rubric under which Jules Hetzel published the vast majority of his fictional output. D'Ivoi's tales, none of which were translated until ...

Nowlan, Philip Francis

(1888-1940) US author whose first sf story, "Armageddon – 2419 A.D." (August 1928 Amazing) – published in the same issue of Amazing Stories that featured the inception of E E "Doc" Smith's Skylark saga – introduced Anthony "Buck" Rogers to the world, helping to inaugurate the reign of full-grown interstellar Space Opera in American sf. This and a sequel, "The Airlords of Han" (March 1929 Amazing), were revised and put together in 1962, long after Nowlan's death, as Armageddon ...

Finlay, C C

Working name of Charles Coleman Finlay (1964-    ), US author and editor who is married to Rae Carson; his first work of genre interest was "Footnotes" in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction for August 2001. This, like other early work including the fantasy novel The Prodigal Troll (2005), was published under his full name. His Traitor to the Crown trilogy opening with The Patriot Witch (2009) is an interesting fantasy/Alternate History reworking of the US War of ...


Film (2012). Lionsgate and Reliance Entertainment in association with IM Global present a DNA Films production. Directed by Pete Travis. Written by Alex Garland, based on the 2000 AD strip Judge Dredd created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra. Cast includes Domhnall Gleeson, Wood Harris, Lena Headey, Olivia Thirlby and Karl Urban. 95 minutes. Colour, 3D (converted). / In Mega-City One psychic Judge candidate Cassandra Anderson (Thirlby) is assigned to Judge Dredd (Urban) for evaluation in ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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