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Transcendence [film]

American film (2014). Alcon Entertainment/DMG Entertainment/Straight Up Films. Directed by Wally Pfister. Written by Jack Paglen. Cast includes Paul Bethany, Clifton Collins Jr, Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall, Cory Hardrict, Cole Hauser, Falk Hentschel, Kate Mara and Cillian Murphy. 119 minutes. Colour. / Brilliant Computer Scientist Will Caster (Depp), one of several researchers intent upon developing an ...

Millet, Lydia

(1968-    ) US author whose second novel, George Bush, Dark Prince of Love: A Presidential Romance (2000), is political Satire, climaxing in a slightly fantasticated scene at the White House; its modestly raunchy exuberance marks it in retrospect as reflecting a more "innocent" world than that initiated by the Fall of the Towers slightly later in Bush's presidency. Some other early novels lay heavy stress on mimetic conventions, ...

Weber, T C

(?   -    ) US ecologist and author whose Near Future BetterWorld Trilogy sequence beginning with Sleep State Interrupt (2016) focuses on attempts to defeat the media corporation MediaCorp whose BetterWorld, an addictive Virtual Reality site, has hypnotized the planet for the benefit of a tiny number of venture capitalists and a corrupt American president. The ...


Film (1955). Universal. Directed by Jack Arnold. Written by Martin Berkeley, Robert M Fresco (1930-2014), based on an episode of Science Fiction Theatre titled No Food for Thought (14 May 1955) by Fresco. Cast includes John Agar, Leo G Carroll and Mara Corday. 80 minutes. Black and white. / This better-than-average Monster Movie belongs to the Luddite ...

Mahaffey, Bea

(1928-1987) Familiar name of US Magazine editor and fan Beatrice Mahaffey, who nominally coedited but was often the de facto editor of Raymond A Palmer's sf publications, in which any traces of higher quality and editorial care are generally attributed to Mahaffey. She worked on Other Worlds as managing editor May 1950 to October 1952 and as coeditor November 1952 to July 1953 and May 1955 to ...

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 consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf ...

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