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Meaney, John

(1957-    ) UK author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Spring Rain" for Interzone in July 1992, and who publishes Near Future thrillers as by Thomas Blackthorne; his first novel, To Hold Infinity (1998), describes a world dominated by Cyborgs whose brains are enhanced by Computer-augments but who are otherwise all-too-human. Meaney came to wide notice with the Nulapeiron Sequence – comprising Paradox (November 1994 Interzone as "Parallax Transform"; ...

Quest for Fire

Film (1981). ICC-Cine-Trail (Montreal) Belstar Productions/Stephan Films (Paris). Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. Written by Gerard Brach, based on La Guerre du Feu (1909 Je Sais Tout; 1909) by J-H Rosny aîné. Cast includes Rae Dawn Chong, Nameer El-Kadi, Everett McGill and Ron Perlman. 100 minutes. Colour. / This Canadian/French coproduction dramatizes the classic 1909 French Prehistoric SF romance by J H Rosny aîné, translated as The Quest for Fire: A Novel of ...

Renner, James

(1978-    ) US film producer, journalist and author most of whose nonfiction work has focused on unsolved murders, a pattern entered into in his first novel, The Man from Primrose Lane (2012), whose protagonist's investigation into a long-ago murder implicates his own dead wife, and generates a disturbing climax in which a Near Future Dystopian America, and perhaps other worlds, are juxtaposed with the "normal" world: Alternate Worlds may be jostling here, or savage ...

Battle for the Planet of the Apes

Film (1973). Apjac/Twentieth Century Fox. Director J Lee Thompson. Written by John William Corrington, Joyce Hooper Corrington, based on a story by Paul Dehn. Cast includes Claude Akins, Lew Ayres, John Huston, Roddy McDowall and Natalie Trundy. USA 93 minutes, UK 86 minutes. Colour. / The fifth and last of the series beginning with Planet of the Apes (to which this is a "prequel") and the most disappointing. Established in their own Ape City after the near destruction of mankind in World ...

Czech and Slovak SF

In Czechoslovakia there are two main groups, the Czechs and the Slovaks, speaking different languages. Sf is written in both. / The history of Czech sf begins in the nineteenth century, with the first true sf work probably being Zivot na Měsíci ["Life on the Moon"] (1881) by Karel Pleskač. Also of interest are some of the works of the famous mainstream author Svatopluk Čech; for example, Hanuman (1884; trans W W Strickland 1894), depicting a civil war between two ...

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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