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This thematic topic is closely linked with the broader subject of Invention (which see), since the discovery of a new principle is usually followed – often in sf, with implausible speed – by the invention of a means of exploiting it. The discovery of new places is dealt with various other entries including Colonization of Other Worlds, Lost Worlds (very often containing Lost Races) and those devoted to more specific locations such as Counter-Earth, Hollow Earth, Underground and ...

Dead Kids

Film (1981; vt Strange Behavior). Endeavour/Bannon Glenn/Hemdale. Directed by Michael Laughlin. Written by Laughlin, William Condon. Cast includes Arthur Dignam, Louise Fletcher, Fiona Lewis, Michael Murphy and Dan Shor. 99 minutes, cut to 93 minutes. Colour. / This Australian/New Zealand exploitation sf/Horror movie is set in the US Midwest and has a largely US cast, but was actually shot in New Zealand. It is the first of a projected trilogy (linked by theme only) of which the second is ...

Dyer, Wayne, Dr

(1940-2015) US medical doctor, motivational speaker and author of nonfiction texts like Your Erroneous Zones (1976), and of one sf novel, Gifts from Eykis: A Story of Self-Discovery (1983), in which an Alien makes First Contact with humans on this planet, and attempts (successfully) to persuade humans to live fuller lives. [JC]

Star Trek [film]

Film (2009). Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment present a Bad Robot/MavroCine Pictures production. Directed by J J Abrams. Written by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman, based on the television series created by Gene Roddenberry. Cast includes Eric Bana, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Chris Hemsworth, Leonard Nimoy, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban and Anton Yelchin. 127 minutes. Colour. / In the year 2387 the elderly Ambassador Spock fails in a suicide ...

Goldstone, Lawrence

(1947-    ) US author of considerable nonfiction, including several perusals of the book trade, and of Off-Line (1998), a thriller set in a world whose citizens, as the moment of Singularity seems to be approaching, have become sidelined; any speculations about the nature of the Near Future are soon drowned in action. [JC]

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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