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Ad Astra [film]

Film (2019). New Regency Pictures, Bona Film Group, Keep Your Head. Directed by James Gray. Written by Gray and Ethen Gross. Cast includes Loren Dean, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Brad Pitt, Donald Sutherland, Liv Tyler. 123 minutes. Colour. / Several decades into an undated Near Future, the US Space Command sends po-faced Major Roy McBride (Pitt) to Mars on an urgent mission to attempt to communicate at long-distance with his famous father H Clifford McBride (Jones), head of the Lima ...

Wein, Len

(1948-2017) US Comics writer and editor, initially freelancing for DC Comics from 1968 and Marvel Comics from 1970. For DC he co-created Swamp Thing with artist Bernie Wrightson in 1971; after becoming editor-in-chief at Marvel in 1974 he revived that imprint's The X-Men with artist Dave Cockrum in 1975. Later, employed as a DC writer and editor from 1979, he worked on various notable DC titles including Alan Moore's and Dave Gibbons's Watchmen. Wein has won several comics Awards including the ...

Savage, Juanita

(?   -?   ) UK author of romances published in the 1920s, some of them highly flavoured; of sf interest is The City of Desire (1926), a Lost Race tale set in a mysterious City accessed through Underground passages through which stumbles a young woman, daughter of an explorer searching for his companion who has been lost for two decades, and falls in love with the (fortunately) white ruler of the lost race. He is the son of the lost companion. The young couple then ...

Cuba

Cuban sf is generally associated with its flourishing after the revolution of 1959, although the genre was already present in the island as early as 1875 with samples of the scientific novel. Francisco Calcagno (1827-1903) published the novel Historia de un muerto ["Story of a Dead Man"] (1875). Calcagno also published in 1888 En busca del eslabón: historia de monos ["Pursuing the Link: Story of Monkeys"] (1888). Some three decades later, the engineer Juan Manuel Planas y Sáinz ...

Marvel Comics

Eventually named for its first Comic – much as DC Comics was named after Detective Comics – Marvel was founded by Martin Goodman (1910-1992) as Timely Comics before, in the 1950s, being renamed Atlas Comics after its distribution company; it became Marvel Comics in 1963. Marvel Comics #1 (November 1939) featured two of the company's three early mainstays. The Human Torch was an Android who could become a figure of living flame; he was created and drawn by Carl Burgos. Prince Namor, ...

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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