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Space Truckers

Film (1996). Goldcrest Films International, Peter Newman Productions and InterAL. Produced and directed by Stuart Gordon. Written by Gordon and Ted Mann. Cast includes Barbara Crampton, Charles Dance, Stephen Dorff, Olwen Fouéré, Dennis Hopper, Tim Loane, Debi Mazar, Shane Rimmer and George Wendt. 95 minutes. Colour. / Ramshackle mises en scene, some garish over-acting, a careless handling of the underlying dynamic of conflict between Outer Planets and inner planets of our ...

Spielberg, Steven

(1947-    ) US producer, screenwriter and director; an amateur film-maker in his early teens, Spielberg completed his first sf feature – the 140-minute Firelight (1963) – at the age of 16; he studied English rather than film at college in California. His first professional film was Amblin' (1969), a slick short about hitch-hiking which was distributed as a support feature with the very successful Love Story (1970); it secured Spielberg a contract with Universal ...

Invasion U.S.A.

Film (1952; vt Invasion USA). American Pictures/Columbia Pictures. Produced by Robert Smith and Albert Zugsmith. Directed by Alfred E Green. Written by Robert Smith from an original story by Smith and Franz Spencer. Cast includes Peggi Castle, Wade Crosby, Gerald Mohr and Dan O'Herlihy. 73 minutes. Black and white. / Newscaster Vince Potter (Mohr) and an assortment of mostly wealthy Americans including young socialite Carla Sanford (Castle) are in a New York City bar listening to a news ...

Modernism in SF

The advent of Modernism as a literary movement went unremarked at the time, and when that time was remains a matter of debate; for a discussion of the dating and significance of Modernism in Latin America, see that entry. Certainly a break with the realistic fiction of the Victorian era, analytical in manner and unitary in form, was evident by the 1890s in, for example, the middle work of Henry James (1843-1916) and August Strindberg (1849-1912) and in the prose and poetry of Stephen Crane ...

Oakes, Philip

(1928-2005) UK journalist and author of an Apes as Human tale, Experiment at Proto (1973; vt The Proto Papers 1974); his long experience with Zoos, including the long-running Television documentary series, Zoo Time (1956-1968) in collaboration with Desmond Morris, is reflected in the book's claustrophobic venue. [JC] see also: Punch. /

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. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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