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eXistenZ

Film (1999). Alliance Atlantis and Serendipity Point Films present in association with Natural Nylon a Robert Lantos production. Directed by David Cronenberg. Written by Cronenberg. Cast includes Willem Dafoe, Ian Holm, Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Don McKellar. 97 minutes. Colour. / eXistenZ, Cronenberg's first original script since Videodrome (1982), returns to his familiar themes of media, fetishistic sex and the fusion of biology with technology. Indeed, the film feels at times to ...

Foster, Alan Dean

(1946-    ) US author, raised in Los Angeles; interestingly, he has listed Carl Barks (1901-2000) – the creator (long unacknowledged by Disney) of the best Comic strips and Big Little Books in the Disney stable – as one of his formative influences, specifically on his depiction of older characters. Foster began publishing sf with "Some Notes Concerning a Green Box" for The Arkham Collector in 1971, and has collected short stories in With Friends Like These ... ...

Cipri, Nino

(?   -    ) US author who has also written as by Nicole Cipri; they began to publish work of genre interest with "A Silly Love Story" in Daily Science Fiction for September 2012 as by Nicole Cipri, a tale assembled with other early work in Homesick (coll 2019), which includes several stories where gender and Sex in general are assayed through supernatural modes. They are of specific sf interest for their Satirical Finna sequence opening with Finna (2020), set ...

Truth Quotient, The

Performance (2013; vt This Rough Magic). Written by Richard Manly; directed by Eric Parness; produced by Resonance Ensemble; featuring Jarel Davidow, Angelina Fiordellisi, Meredith Howard, Brian Tom O'Connor, Shaun Bennet Wilson and Maxwell Zener. Samuel Beckett Theatre, New York City, 9 January 2013. / In Richard Manly's The Truth Quotient, what is real and what is true come to the fore in the story of billionaire entrepreneur David (Davidow). David has purchased extremely sophisticated ...

Williams, Graham

(1945-1990) UK Television producer, script editor and author, best known for his involvement with the Doctor Who universe, a fruit of which was Doctor Who: The Nightmare Fair (1989), written from scripts not televised because the BBC had decided to cancel the series in 1985. By this point Williams had left the BBC altogether. [JC]

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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