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Film (2010). Lionsgate and Film Finance Corporation Australia present a Lionsgate/Paradise production in association with the Pacific Film and Television Commission and Furst films. Written and directed by Michael and Peter Spierig. Cast includes Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke, Claudia Karvan and Sam Neill. 98 minutes. Colour. / Above-average sf Vampire film set in a Near Future where a viral Pandemic has turned most of the human race into nocturnal photophobic Immortals, who farm the dwindling ...

Uchū Senkan Yamato

["Space Cruiser Yamato" vt "Space Battleship Yamato"] Animated tv series (1974-1975 Japan; trans as Star Blazers US). Yomiuri TV, Artland, Westcape, Studio Take Off. Directed by Noboru Ishiguro. Written by Keisuke Fujikawa, Eiichi Yamamoto, Maru Tamura at al. Cast includes Yōko Asagami and Kei Tomiyama. 26 episodes of 25 minutes (season one). Colour. / In the year 2199, a savage attack by the Alien Gamilas race swiftly reduces the Earth's surface to a Post-Holocaust wasteland of ...

Shiel, M P

(1865-1947) Montserrat-born author with his surname given as Shiell, in the UK from around 1883. He began writing fiction in the late 1880s and continued intermittently until his death, his first work of genre interest being "Huguenin's Wife" for Pall Mall Magazine in April 1895; most of his short fiction of fantastic interest was published 1896-1901. Shiel was intensely concerned with style per se, incorporating poetic techniques into narrative prose; he also used sensational adventure fiction ...

Henrick, Richard P

(1949-    ) US author who has specialized in Technothrillers, often set in submarines, of which the most sf-like is the Near Future Ecowar (1993), in which a Monster manta ray, created by toxic waste, threatens folk, and is hunted by a submarine. [JC]

Far Frontiers

US magazine in pocketbook format; it could also be regarded as an Original Anthology series. Quarterly, published by Baen Books, edited by Jerry Pournelle and James Baen and (uncredited) John F Carr; seven issues, from Far Frontiers (anth 1985) in January 1985 to Far Frontiers Vol VII (anth Winter 1986). At this point Baen revived (as solo editor) his very similar Destinies series of magazines/anthologies as New Destinies with #1 in Spring 1987 (see Destinies), and Far Frontiers came to an end. ...

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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