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Cronocrímenes, Los

Film (2007; vt Timecrimes). Karbo Vantas Entertainment in co-production with Fine Productions and Zip Films, in association with Arsénico PC. Written and directed by Nacho Vigalondo. Cast includes Karra Elejalde, Candela Fernández, Bárbara Goenaga and Vigalondo. 92 minutes. Colour. / Drawn by mysterious goings-on in the adjacent woods, a middle-aged businessman flees from a sinister masked assailant into a research facility with an experimental ...

Lynch, Patrick

Joint pseudonym of UK authors Gary Humphreys (?   -    ) and Philip Sington (1962-    ) for a series of Technothrillers including The Annunciation (1993) and Carriers (1995), a medical Technothriller about a hugely menacing Pandemic originating in the tropics. [JC]

Sterne, Julian

Pseudonym of UK conspiracy theorist and author Nesta Helen Webster (1876-1960), whose early Feminism faded after World War One, when her public avowal of the essential truths contained in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion (trans 1920) survived the almost immediate demonstration that they were an anti-Semitic hoax; she faded almost completely from view. She did subsequently publish a novel no less implausible as ...

4000 AD

Board Game (1972). Waddington's House of Games. / 4000 A.D. is an early sf Board Game which shares much with later Wargames such as Starforce: Alpha Centauri (1974), notable both for its strategic depth and its use of a detailed science-fictional rationale. The game is set during a war in the eponymous year, between human colonies ...

Varlet, Théo

(1878-1938) French poet, translator and author, active from before 1900, though only after World War One as a novelist. Tales of sf interest include Les Titans du ciel (1921) and L'agonie de la Terre (1922) both with Octave Joncquel and comprising together one novel, L'épopée martienne: L'agonie de la Terre: Roman planétaire ("omni" 1922; trans Brian Stableford as The Martian Epic ...

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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