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Replicant

Film (2001). Millennium Films Inc/Artisan Entertainment/777 Films Corporation. Directed by Ringo Lam. Written by Lawrence David Riggins and Les Weldon. Cast includes Michael Rooker and Jean-Claude Van Damme. 96 minutes. Colour. / A sadistic thriller with sf trappings, Replicant stars Van Damme – a renowned performer in martial-arts films – in a dual role as a woman-loathing serial killer and a "replicant" (see Clones) made from his DNA. A retired police officer (Rooker) uses the ...

Cash, Steve

(1946-2019) US country rock musician – he was lead singer for the Ozark Mountain Daredevils from its founding in 1972 – and author of The Meq sequence of sf novels, beginning with The Meq (dated 2003 but 2002), which describe, in fantasy-tinged diction, the lives of a kind of Pariah Elite which has hidden itself since time immemorial in the Basque lands of northern Spain. Meqs remain pre-adolescent until (at sight) they recognize their soul mate, enjoying to that point a kind of ...

Rice, Harry E

(?   -?   ) US author of Eve and the Evangelist: A Romance of A D 2108 (1908), a Utopia set in distant Near Future America, according to strict financial criteria (see Economics) that limit personal wealth to $50,000; great advances in Transportation are described at some length, as well as intercontinental travel by either by Rocket using a new Power Source or Underground, and Communication with Mars has been achieved. Much is learned from the gigantic, ...

Sci Fi Files, The

US tv mini-series (1997). The Sci Fi Channel. Produced by Peter Swain. Directed by Swain, and Chris Lethbridge. Narrator: Mark Hamill. Four 60-minute episodes. Colour. / This documentary mini-series examined the development of sf – chiefly in Cinema form – since the very early twentieth century, focusing initially on such films as Frankenstein (1931) and Metropolis (1926) and continuing through the serials of the 1930s to the 1950s. The sf cycle of films in the 1950s was covered ...

MacDonald, George

(1824-1905) Scottish author and editor, father of Ronald MacDonald and grandfather of Philip MacDonald, perhaps now best known for his fantasies for children and his fairy tales [see Checklist]. His former occupation as a clergyman was reflected in his allegorical fantasies: Phantastes: A Faerie Romance for Men and Women (1858), comprising a Pilgrim's Progress through a secondary world in search of adulthood; and Lilith: A Romance (1895; rev vt Lilith: A Romance: With Introductory Key, a ...

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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