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Vanilla Sky

Film (2001). Paramount pictures presents a Cruise-Wagner/Vinyl Films production in association with Sogecine/Summit Entertainment/Artisan Entertainment. Written and directed by Cameron Crowe. Based on Abre Los Ojos (1997) by Alejandro Amenábar & Mateo Gil. Cast includes Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Jason Lee, Kurt Russell, Timothy Spall and Noah Taylor. 136 minutes. Colour. / A playboy's world comes apart at the seams following facial disfigurement in a ...

Summerville, Jenny

(?   -    ) Australian author, the young protagonists of whose Young Adult sf novel, Shields of Trell (1984), play with the controls of their spacebus, and find it is a Starship capable of intergalactic travel. Various perils including a Black Hole are duly encountered. [JC]

Strobl, Karl Hans

(1877-1946) Austrian author, editor and publisher who sometimes wrote as K H Strobl; a war correspondent during World War One; once highly regarded for Horror tales whose influences included Edgar Allan Poe, such as "Der Kopf" ["The Head"] in his early collection Aus Gründen und Abgründen. Skizzen aus dem Alltag und von drüben ["For Reasons and Abysses. Sketches from Everyday Life and Elsewhere."] (coll 1901). He also wrote occasional short sf stories, a posthumous selection of ...

Emms, William

(1930-1993) UK teacher and occasional television scriptwriter responsible (among other work) for "Galaxy Four", a four-part Doctor Who television story in 1965 which does not take place in Galaxy Four. The original script was published as Doctor Who: The Scripts: Galaxy Four (1994), and novelized by Emms as Doctor Who: Galaxy Four (1985); the plot, featuring downed Spaceships and at least two Alien species, is as close to conventional Space Opera as Doctor Who normally gets. [JC]

Dornbierer, Manú

(circa 1932-    ) Mexican author and painter, better known for her work as a journalist, a field where she has received some awards. In the late 1960s, Dornbierer began to publish short stories, mostly Fantasy, always very stylish, well-written and constructed pieces. In 1968, her short story "La grieta" ["The Crack"], later included in the collection Después de Samarkanda ["After Samarkand"] (coll 1977), received the Juegos Florales de Ciudad del Carmen (Campeche, ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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