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Kelly, Richard

(1975-    ) US filmmaker, son of a NASA physicist based in Langley, Virginia whose home and workplace are recreated in Kelly's third feature The Box (2009). As a young film-school graduate he attracted attention initially as a screenwriter of edgy left-field comedy; an early commission was an unused 1999 script for the adaptation of Louis Sachar's Holes, which took a notably darker spin on the book than the 2003 film. A famous unproduced original script from this period is ...

Battleship

Film (2012). Universal Pictures presents in association with Hasbro a Bluegrass Films and Film 44 production. Directed by Peter Berg. Written by Erich Hoeber and Jon Hoeber. Cast includes Tadanobu Asano, Brooklyn Decker, Taylor Kitsch, Rihanna and Alexander Skarsgård. 131 minutes. Colour. / Toy manufacturer Hasbro here tries to replicate the success of its toys-to-film Transformers franchise by wedding Military SF to World War Two-style heroics. The genuine Wargame "Battleship", then ...

Seed, David

(1946-    ) UK academic and critic who has concentrated on the teaching of sf for many years (see SF in the Classroom); his books divide more or less equally between individual studies and strongly edited anthologies. His first work of genre interest is The Fictional Labyrinths of Thomas Pynchon (1988), a general study issued before Thomas Pynchon began to publish much more frequently after 1990. A continued interest in the response of American sf writers to the Cold ...

Chambers, Stephen

(?1981-    ) US author who began publishing sf with his Hope sequence of tales comprising Hope's End (2001) and Hope's War (2002), a colony planet whose technology (the backstory is moderately complex) is at about the level of medieval Western Europe. The Planetary Romance glow this setting gives off is darkened through the genuine difficulties experienced by the young protagonist Vel in his coming-of-age, and by a sense of the inevitability of infighting and Realpolitik ...

Destroy All Humans!

Videogame (2005). Pandemic Studio (PS). Designed by Brad Welch. Platforms: PS2, XBox (2005); XB360 (2008). / Destroy All Humans! is a broad Parody of the science fiction films of the 1950s and of alien invasion fictions generally (see Monster Movies); it is particularly reminiscent of Tim Burton's Satire on the same theme, Mars Attacks! (1996). The game itself could loosely be described as an action Adventure, with much emphasis placed on fairly unsophisticated combat sequences. Players are ...

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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