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Liu, Ken

English name of Liu Yukun (1976-    ), an American lawyer, computer programmer and author of Chinese ancestry, whose work often focuses on the cultural or Linguistic intersections between the Anglophone and Sinophone worlds. Emigrating to the US as a child, he graduated from Harvard Law School and had his debut with "Carthaginian Rose" (in Empire of Dreams and Miracles: The Phobos Science Fiction Anthology, anth 2002, ed Orson Scott Card and Keith Olexa). It was not, ...

Spore

Videogame (2008). Maxis. Designed by Will Wright. Platforms: Mac, Win. / The Panspermia theory formulated by the Nobel Prize-winning scientist Svante Arrhenius hypothesizes that life is spread throughout the universe by drifting seeds, or spores. The game of Spore begins with a single cell, deposited in the ocean of an unknown planet by a convenient meteor; the player's goal is to evolve this organism into an intelligent species capable of building a starfaring civilization. Gameplay is ...

Finn, Ralph L

(1912-1999) UK author and journalist who published widely, collecting some of his short fiction as Collected Stories of Ralph L Finn (coll 1946 chap); in his notes on "This Sorry Scheme" (magazine publication undated), George Locke suggests that the tale prefigures Jack Finney's far more complex Time and Again (1970). Of some sf interest are three novels based on the time theories of J W Dunne: The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet (1948), Twenty-Seven Stairs (1949) and Time Marches Sideways ...

MacVicar, Angus

(1908-2001) Scottish author known from 1933 for crime thrillers; his autobiographies and Children's SF came later in his career. The first three volumes of his Lost Planet sequence – The Lost Planet (1953), Return to the Lost Planet (1954) and Secret of the Lost Planet (1955) – engagingly described space journeys to reach, explore and ultimately defend the minor planet Hesikos. MacVicar portrayed Hesikos as a "peaceful planet" once mentioned by Plato, and his gentle philosophy ...

Fountain, The

Film (2006). Warner Brothers Pictures and Regency Enterprises present a Protozoa Pictures/New Regency/Muse Entertainment Enterprises production. Directed by Darren Aronofsky. Written by Aronofsky & Ari Handel. Cast includes Ellen Burstyn, Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz. 96 minutes. Colour. / A conquistador seeks the tree of life to save his queen from death, in an unfinished novel by the dying wife of a present-day oncologist racing to find a cure for her brain tumour who stumbles ...

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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