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Film (2019). Lovely Productions in association with Fantastic Films, Frakas Productions, PingPongFilm, XYZ Films. Directed by Lorcan Finnegan. Written by Garret Shanley from a story by Finnegan and Shanley. Cast includes Jonathan Aris, Jesse Eisenberg, Eanna Hardwicke, Senan Jennings and Imogen Poots. 97 minutes. Colour. / A young couple (Poots and Eisenberg) encounter an unsettling realtor, who takes them to a housing estate of identical, mint-green homes. After the agent vanishes, the ...

Roger, Aristide

Working name of French physician and author Pierre-Jules Aristide Rengade Roger (1841-1915), whose Aventures extraordinaires de Trinitus; ou le Voyage sous les flots, rédigés d'après le journal de bord de l'Éclair (first appeared October 1867-last instalment unknown Le Petit Journal; 1868; trans Brian Stableford as Voyage Beneath the Waves 2013) is a Fantastic Voyage clearly under the general influence of Jules Verne, though in fact this tale of an Under the Sea ...

Club Story

1. Assemblages of tales told within an enabling frame-story to a group of companions in a sheltered venue were not always known as club stories, a term of nineteenth-century provenance that does not, perhaps, very adequately encompass the implications of Odysseus's narrating the substance of The Odyssey (circa 700 BCE) (see Homer) over dinner, or of the Decameron (finished circa 1372) by Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375) or the Canterbury Tales (written before 1400) by Geoffrey Chaucer (circa ...


Many sf stories make use of this ancient Board Game of stylized War, which emerged in recognizable form in India and China by approximately the sixth century and spread westward, reaching Europe by the eleventh century. Its numerous appearances in Fantasy include Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-glass (1871), whose introduction of living chess pieces has been enormously influential, and which is structured around an eccentric chess game whose moves are usefully traced in The Annotated Alice ...

Traviss, Karen

(?   -    ) UK-born soldier, advertising copywriter, journalist and author, in US from the early years of the twenty-first century, who began publishing work of genre interest with "Orchids" in Neverworlds for February 1999, with occasional short work appearing until around 2007. From early in her career, however, she has focused on Series: the non-tie Wess'har Wars sequence comprising City of Pearl (2004), Crossing the Line (2004), The World Before (2005), ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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