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Tron: Legacy

Film (2010). Walt Disney Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company) presents a Sean Bailey/LivePlanet production. Directed by Joseph Kosinski. Written by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz from a story by Kitsis and Horowitz, and Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal, based on characters created by Steven Lisberger and Bonnie McBird. Score by Daft Punk. Cast includes Bruce Boxleitner, Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Michael Sheen and Olivia Wilde. 125 minutes. Colour, 3D. / In this real-time sequel to ...

Jackman, Stuart

(1922-2002) UK author whose work hovers, somewhat uneasily, between sf and Fantasy (see his entry in The Encyclopedia of Fantasy). His Christ Cycle – comprising The Davidson Affair (1966), Slingshot (1974) and The Burning Men (1976) – combines the two modes: as it deals with matters like the resurrection in a fantasy mode, while using Time Travel to transport his reconfigured Jesus into the modern world, where he becomes something somewhat akin to a terrorist. Death Wish (1998) is ...

Loudon, Jane

(1807-1858) UK author of many books on popular natural history and gardening, and of The Mummy! A Tale of the Twenty-Second Century (1827 3vols; rev 1828), published anonymously. Like Mary Shelley a decade earlier, she wrote her novel while still a teenager; the eponymous mummy, though clearly monstrous, arouses some of the same threatening ambivalence as Shelley's Frankenstein Monster. Around this figure, and through a somewhat melodramatic plot – the Mummy of Cheops conspires with a ...

Bailey, Thomas

Pseudonym of US author Edward Bellamy Partridge (1877-1960), who wrote Country Lawyer (1939) under his full name, also publishing work as Bellamy Partridge and Bailey. In his Lost Race novel, Long Night (1935), a young woman, lost in the Arctic, is taken by the Inuit chief who rescues her to a mysterious Island where she finds a Viking still alive. The Viking and the Inuit fight over her. [JC]

Cowdrey, Albert E

(1933-    ) US author on the medical branches of the American military, formerly Chief of the Special History Branch of the US Army, and fantasy and sf author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Lucky People" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in February 1968 as by Chet Arthur, and continued under his own name with "The Familiar" (March 1997 F&SF), one of several Azalea Place, New Orleans tales; he won a World Fantasy Award for "Queen for ...

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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