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In sf Terminology this is a word so often misused that its real meaning is in danger of being devalued or forgotten. / The term "cybernetics", derived from a Greek word meaning helmsman or controller, was coined by the distinguished mathematician Norbert Wiener in 1947 to describe a new science on which he and others had been working since 1942. The word first passed into general usage with the publication of his ...

Endless, The

Film (2017). Snowfort Pictures in association with Pfaff and Pfaff Productions, Love and Death Productions and Rustic Films. Directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. Written by Justin Benson. Cast includes Justin Benson, Tate Ellington, Callie Hernandez, James Jordan, Aaron Moorhead and Lew Temple. 111 minutes. Colour. / A decade after fleeing their rural commune as teenagers, orphaned brothers Aaron (Moorhead) and Justin (Benson) are living a hand-to-mouth existence in the ...

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Film (2016). Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company) presents a Lucasfilm production. Directed by Gareth Edwards. Written by Tony Gilroy, John Knoll, Chris Weitz and Gary Whitta, based on characters created by George Lucas. Cast includes Riz Ahmed, Peter Cushing, Ingvild Deila, Carrie Fisher, Felicity Jones, James Earl Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelsen, Wayne Pygram, ...

Star Ocean

Videogame series (from 1996). tri-Ace. / Star Ocean is a series of Japanese Console Role Playing Games (see Computer Role Playing Games), set in a universe heavily influenced by Star Trek. In addition to the sf elements, a form of alchemical magic often makes an appearance, variously referred to as symbology, heraldry and runology. While this suggests that the ...

Dante 01

Film (2008). Eskwad/Wild Bunch. Directed by Marc Caro. Written by Caro and Pierre Bordage. Cast includes Simona Maicanescu, Dominique Pinon and Lambert Wilson. 82 minutes. Colour. / French director Caro's solo debut shares a premise with Alien Resurrection (1997), directed by his frequent collaborator Jean-Pierre Jenuet: a group of Scientists are carrying out dubious and dangerous research on a ...

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. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...

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