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Super 8

Film (2011). Amblin Entertainment/Bad Robot Productions for Paramount Pictures. Produced by J J Abrams and Steven Spielberg. Directed by Abrams. Written by Abrams. Cast includes Gabriel Basso, Kyle Chandler, Joel Courtney, Ron Eldard, Noah Emmerich, Elle Fanning, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee, Zach Mills and Glynn Turman. 112 minutes. Colour. / Summer, 1979. Teenage high-school friends are making an amateur Zombie film, The Case, directed by Charles Kaznyk (Griffiths) and co-starring Alice ...

Day of the Dead

Film (1985). Laurel. Directed by George Romero. Written by Romero. Cast includes Terry Alexander, Lori Cardille, Richard Liberty, Joseph Pilato and Howard Sherman. 101 minutes, cut to 100 minutes. Colour. / Romero's plan, after showing the initial Zombie attacks in Night of the Living Dead (1968) and the total breakdown of society in Dawn of the Dead (1978), was to complete the trilogy with a film showing a new coalition between humans and controlled zombies. Partly for budgetary reasons, ...

Wu Yan

(1962-    ) Chinese author, Beijing-born but of Manchu ethnicity, whose education encompassed psychology and a management PhD, and whose work includes the teaching of science fiction at Beijing Normal University. His first story, "Adventure in an Iceberg" (1978 Shaonian Kexue), was published when he was only 16, establishing him as an author before the academic career that truly supported him. Wu Yan has often appeared in Kehuan Shijie magazine, but also alongside his ...

Ciencin, Scott

(1962-    ) US author and Comics writer who has published as by Richard Awlinson and as by Nick Baron as well as under his own name. Much of Ciencin's sizeable output is Fantasy, chiefly Ties to Shared World enterprises (such as Forgotten Realms, titles not listed below, where the Awlinson name was used). Tied franchises of direct sf interest to which he has contributed include the Alternate World of James Gurney's Dinotopia Digest, the Superhero Comics-based Gen13, Godzilla ...

Future Orbits

US professional E-Zine, an Online Magazine only available by subscription and emailed to the subscriber. It was produced by Tom Vander Neut of Hatboro Pennsylvania. It ran for five bimonthly issues from October/November 2001 to June/July 2002. A valiant attempt to produce an online magazine that paid full professional rates and tried to charge subscribers for issues. It did not succeed, but the five issues were still of acceptable quality containing material primarily by the new generation of ...

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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