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Horizon Zero Dawn

Videogame (2017). Guerrilla Games, Sony Interactive Entertainment. Directed by Mathijs de Jonge. Written by John Gonzalez and Men McCaw, additional writing by Meg Jayanth, Ben Schroder, Anne Toole, Dee Warrick. Cast includes Ashly Burch, JB Blanc, John Hopkins, Crispin Freeman, Lance Reddick, Nicolette McKenzie and Josh Keaton. Playstation 4 and PC. / In a Post-Holocaust world where the memory of present-day humanity has been reduced to legend, autonomous predatory Machines that mimic ...

Frezza, Robert

(1956-    ) US author who began publishing sf with "Max Weber's War" for Amazing, January 1987. The Small Colonial War sequence – comprising A Small Colonial War (1990), Fire in a Faraway Place (1994) and Cain's Land (1996) – replays the Boer War on a colony planet dominated by a Japanese-run interstellar empire, though without Kaffirs. The Imperial Japanese military forces, predictably, find the transplanted Post-Holocaust Afrikaners tough meat. McLendon's ...

Wrightson, Patricia

(1921-2010) Australian author, whose significant oeuvre of Young Adult fiction is mostly definable as fantasy [for extended entry on Patricia Wrightson see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], with tales like The Nargun and the Stars (1973) markedly innovative (from a perspective half a century on). They are particularly notable for their attempts unencroachingly to represent the native inhabitants of Australia, their all-encompassing Cosmological visions, their near destruction (see ...

Predators

Film (2010). Twentieth Century Fox/Troublemaker Studios/David Entertainment. Directed by Nimród Antal. Written by Alex Litvak and Michael Finch, based on characters created by Jim and John Thomas. Cast includes Alice Braga, Adrien Brody, Lawrence Fishburne and Topher Grace. 107 minutes. Colour. / A hand-picked assortment of mercenaries and assassins are abducted and deposited on a planetary game preserve to be hunted for sport by the Predators. Producer Robert Rodriguez wrote the ...

Serpell, Namwali

(1980-    ) Zambian-born author, in USA from the age of nine. She is of initial interest for the nonfiction Seven Modes of Uncertainty (2014), which explicitly draws some of its strategies from William Empson's Seven Types of Ambiguity (1930), arguing for the vital importance of "structures of conflicting information" in the work of authors like Thomas Pynchon; in this encyclopedia, the term Fantastika is used frequently to point to texts whose use of conflicting generic ...

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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