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Red Dawn

Film (1984). MGM/United Artists. Directed by John Milius. Written by Kevin Reynolds, Milius. Cast includes C Thomas Howell, Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze and Lea Thompson. 114 minutes. Colour. / Russians nuke US cities and their paratroops, with Cuban and Nicaraguan allies, invade the Midwest. Highschool kids escape into the Colorado mountains, become guerrillas, undergo rites of passage and male bonding, fight brilliantly, mostly die. This incoherent and implausible film gets so ...

von Schlegell, Mark

(1957-    ) US art critic and author whose sf System Series sequence beginning with Venusia (2005), is set initially on a distant Near Future Dystopian Earth ravaged by Pollution and neoliberal rapacity, and moves to Venus where Genetically Engineered colonists, reduced by Drugs to a state of Amnesia, re-enact the behaviour which has already ruined the home planet. Von Schlegell's style is gonzo, his Venus is baroque in a manner reminiscent of the work of Jack Vance. In a ...

Nicolson, Harold

(1886-1968) Persian-born UK diplomat, politician (National Labour MP 1935-1945) and author, married to V Sackville-West, knighted in 1953. His brief political association with Sir Oswald Mosley (1896-1980) clouded his name for some – though this relationship was terminated when Mosley founded the British Union of Fascists in 1932 – but in his later career he moved toward a more stable left-centrism. His Near Future sf novel Public Faces (1932), set in 1939, describes the ...

Allston, Aaron

(1960-2014) US author and Role Playing Game designer who published many nonfiction pieces in this area, was editor of Space Gamer magazine 1982-1983, and co-designed the games Justice, Inc (1984) and The Savage Empire (1990) (see Worlds of Ultima). Several though not all of his novels are tied to the Star Wars universe [see Checklist below]; his first novel, Web of Danger (1988 dos), ties sf tropes into an espionage thriller frame; other tales of interest include Double Jeopardy (1994), an sf ...

Mroƶek, Slawomir

(1930-2013) Polish cartoonist, playwright and author, most of his output being absurdist dramas (see Fabulation) beginning with Policja ["The Police"], published in 1958. Several of these are assembled in Six Plays (coll trans N Bethell 1967); a further play, Vatzlav (1970; trans Ralph Manheim 1970 chap), is set in a mythical metamorphosis-engendering tyranny evocative of the works of Franz Kafka. The short stories in Slón (coll 1957; trans Konrad Syrop as The Elephant 1962) and The ...

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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