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Human Nature

Film (2001). Fineline Pictures and Studiocanal present a Good Machine production in association with Beverly Detroit Studios and Partizan. Directed by Michel Gondry. Written by Charlie Kaufman. Cast includes Patricia Arquette, Rhys Ifans, Miranda Otto and Tim Robbins. 96 minutes. Colour. / A hypertrichotic nature writer (Arquette) and a wild man raised as an ape (Ifans) become enmeshed in a love quadrangle with a prissy scientist (Robbins) and his ...

Reign of Fire

Film (2002). Touchstone Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company), Spyglass Entertainment. Directed by Rob Bowman. Written by Gregg Chabot, Kevin Peterka, Matt Greenberg from a story by Chabot and Peterka. Cast includes Christian Bale, Gerard Butler, Matthew McConaughey, Scott James Moutter and Izabella Scorupco. 102 minutes. Colour. / Underground works in Near Future London wake ...

Bennett, Marcia J

(1945-    ) US author whose Ni-Lach sequence of Planetary Romances includes Where the Ni-Lach (1983), Shadow Singer (1984), Beyond the Draak's Teeth (1986) and Seeking the Dream Brother (1989), about a long quest for an Alien crystal that will change things. The local-colour quotient is high, though the sequence itself is unremarkable. ...

Ward, George Whiteley

(?   -?   ) UK author who published occasionally in English magazines from around 1900; his juvenile tales for Chums, like "The Chessmen of Ghor Khi Laht" (19 January 1924 Chums), are apparently fantastic. He is of sf interest for Drelma: A Tale of the Great Sahara (1908), a Lost Race tale in which ancient Egyptians are discovered in the modern Sahara. [JC]

Anders, Agnetha

(?   -    ) UK author of whom nothing is known beyond her authorship of the Pleasurehouse sequence of erotic sf novels, set in a class-ridden Near Future Britain, and comprising Pleasurehouse 13 (1991) and The Last Days of the Pleasurehouse (1992). [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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