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Harrison, Jordan

(1977-    ) US filmmaker and playwright active from around 2005; as with many contemporary dramatists, his works tend to juxtapose various non-mimetic topoi (see Fantastika) into sometimes jangly narrative conveyances, but with very considerable energy. In his second play, Kid-Simple: A Radio Play in the Flesh (performed 2002; 2004 chap), a young woman's Invention – a device that can hear what cannot be heard – leads to the theft of sound by a Mysterious Stranger ...

Loud, Emily S

(1839-?   ) US journalist and author of Taurua; Or, Written in the Book of Fate (1899), a Lost Race novel set in Tahiti, whose native rulers trace their legitimacy back to a civilization not recognized by Europeans bent on their imperialist missions. [JC]

Lang, Fritz

(1890-1976) Austrian film-maker who, after trouble with the Nazis, left Germany for France in 1933 and emigrated to the USA in 1934. He was originally trained as an architect but preferred the graphic arts; during the years before World War One he supported himself as a cartoonist and caricaturist. He turned to writing after being wounded during the conflict, producing several popular thrillers and fantasy romances. After 1918 he entered the German film industry and began directing a series of ...

Wunsch, Sacha

(?   -    ) Canadian author whose first novel, the Young Adult Lies My Memory Told Me (2021), unpacks the full story behind an immensely popular device,which is the Invention of the protagonist's parents: users enter into chosen Virtual Realities through narratives embedded in the "Enhanced Memory" unit. But these narratives seem to take their shape, via Memory Edits (or worse) imposed on vulnerable subjects; the experiences enjoyed by users, the protagonist ...

Transcendence [film]

American film (2014). Alcon Entertainment/DMG Entertainment/Straight Up Films. Directed by Wally Pfister. Written by Jack Paglen. Cast includes Paul Bethany, Clifton Collins Jr, Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall, Cory Hardrict, Cole Hauser, Falk Hentschel, Kate Mara and Cillian Murphy. 119 minutes. Colour. / Brilliant Computer Scientist Will Caster (Depp), one of several researchers intent upon developing an advanced artificial intelligence (see AI), is shot as part of a coordinated ...

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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