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Kluge, Alexander

(1932-    ) German film maker, controversialist and author, most of his fiction (around a thousand titles) being in the form of the short story. He is of sf interest for Lernprozesse mit tödlichem Ausgang (coll 1973; trans Christopher Pavsek of title novel only as Learning Processes with a Deadly Outcome 1996), set partly in a Ruined Earth venue, some time after World War Three has almost totally destroyed the planet. Most of the remaining humans live in Underground ...

Star Trek: Voyager

US tv series (1995-2001). Created by Rick Berman, Michael Piller, and Jeri Taylor, based on Star Trek, created by Gene Roddenberry. Producers include Berman, Piller, Taylor, Merri D Howard, Brannon Braga, and Peter Lauritson. Directors include David Livingston, Winrich Kolbe, Allan Kroeker, Michael Vejar, LeVar Burton, Robert Duncan McNeill, Jonathan Frakes, and Roxann Dawson. Writers include Berman, Piller, Taylor, Braga, Joe Menosky, Kenneth Biller, Bryan Fuller, Michael Taylor, Nick Sagan, ...

Lucy

Film (2014). Canal+, Ciné+, EuropaCorp. Directed and written by Luc Besson. Cast includes Min-sik Choi, Morgan Freeman, Scarlett Johannson, Julian Rhind-Tutt and Amr Waked. 89 minutes. Colour. / Prologue. A cell is seen splitting into other cells. It is clear that Evolution will be important to the actual story. A CGI rendering of a prehistoric chimpanzee or hominid appears – not exactly the specimen of Australopithecus afarensis given the name Lucy, but close enough. A woman's ...

Wing Commander

Videogame (1990). Origin Systems (OS). Designed by Chris Roberts. Platforms: DOS (1990); Amiga, SNES (1992); MegaCD (1994); rev vt Super Wing Commander, 3DO (1994); Mac (1995). / Wing Commander is a combat-based Space Sim, a descendant of Star Raiders (1979). The background is a Space Opera universe in which the Terran Confederation is fighting an interstellar war against the feline Kilrathi; the tone is much influenced by World War Two aircraft carrier operations and the aerial action film ...

Shakespeare, William

(1564-1616) English poet and dramatist whose writings helped to shape not only our Theatre but our language. Shakespearian venues, scenes, themes, Icons and formal quotations – not to mention innumerable tags and scraps and catchphrases from the plays – have penetrated deeply into the matrix of Western literary and popular culture. In many of our acts of communication and storytelling Shakespeare underlies us, and we quote him often without knowing we do so. Many of his characters, ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...



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