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Oh, Temi

(1993-    ) UK neuroscientist and author whose first novel, the Young Adult Do You Dream of Terra-Two? (2019), set in an Alternate History version of the world mainly distinguished from the real world through its suffering even more savage Climate Change and through the fact that the crisis has been taken seriously enough to offer some chance that ...

Vanilla Sky

Film (2001). Paramount pictures presents a Cruise-Wagner/Vinyl Films production in association with Sogecine/Summit Entertainment/Artisan Entertainment. Written and directed by Cameron Crowe. Based on Abre Los Ojos (1997) by Alejandro Amenábar & Mateo Gil. Cast includes Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Jason Lee, Kurt Russell, Timothy Spall and Noah Taylor. 136 minutes. Colour. / A playboy's world comes apart at the ...

Pierce, Thomas

(?   -    ) US author who began to publish work of specific sf interest with "This Is an Alert" in The New Yorker for 30 March 2015, which is set in the very Near Future, though some earlier stories are disruptively fantastic. The tales assembled in Hall of Small Mammals (coll 2015) implement a wide range of techniques associated with Fabulation in general; deadpan ...


In sf Terminology, a credit is a unit of Money. Credits are used widely in tales of the future. [PN]

Hesky, Olga

(1912-1974) UK editor and author in whose wry and somewhat Surrealist sf novel, The Purple Armchair (1961), the Alien who resembles an armchair and is purple must decide whether or not the human race – caught in a near-future Dystopia dominated by Computers – should survive. Eventually the "chair" says no. [JC]

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. ...

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