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Arrival, The

US/Mexican film (1996). Live Entertainment, Steelwork Films, Mediaworks. Directed and written by David Twohy. Cast includes Lindsay Crouse, Richard Schiff, Ron Silver and Charlie Sheen. 115 minutes. Colour. / Low-budget Paranoid sf thriller in which the hapless radio-astronomer protagonist Zane Zaminsky (Sheen), working on SETI at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, detects an Extraterrestrial radio Communication from the relatively near Star Wolf 333. His supervisor Phil Gordian (Silver) ...

Pierce, Thomas

(?   -    ) US author who began to publish work of specific sf interest with "This Is an Alert" in The New Yorker for 30 March 2015, which is set in the very Near Future, though some earlier stories are disruptively fantastic. The tales assembled in Hall of Small Mammals (coll 2015) implement a wide range of techniques associated with Fabulation in general; deadpan Equipoisal joinings are common throughout (see Fantastika). Pierce's first novel, The Afterlives ...

Abnett, Dan

(1965-    ) UK editor and comics author, married to Nik Abnett, active for several years as a writer for various Comics including Thunderbirds, X-Men; for the comic 2000 AD he created and writes Sinister Dexter (1995-current). His prose fiction is mostly restricted to a series of Ties for various sub-series in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, beginning with Warhammer 40,000: Gaunt's Ghosts: First and Only (1999). They are listed below, as is his Doctor Who: Torchwood novel. A ...

Intelligence Officer, The

Pseudonym of UK military officer, war correspondent (from 1894) and author Lionel James (1871-1955), of whose work The Boy Galloper (1903) as by The Intelligence Officer is a Future War story for Young Adult readers in which, reassuringly, Great Britain does not fail to come through victorious. [JC]

Robinson Crusoe on Mars

Film (1964). Schenck-Zabel/Paramount. Directed by Byron Haskin. Written by Ib Melchior, John C Higgins, remotely based on Robinson Crusoe (1719) by Daniel Defoe. Cast includes Vic Lundin and Paul Mantee. 109 minutes. Colour. / Haskin directed several sf films in the 1950s, including War of the Worlds (1953), and returned to the genre in 1964 with this interesting, futuristic version of Defoe's classic novel. After a spaceship crashlands on Mars, one of the two pilots (the other is killed) ...

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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