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MacKay, Donald

(?   -?   ) US author of The Dynamite Ship (1888), a Near Future tale in which the Invention of a new Weapon is used to force the United Kingdom to free Ireland. [JC]

Flight of the Navigator

Film (1986). Producers Sales/New Star Entertainment/Walt Disney. Directed by Randal Kleiser. Written by Michael Burton, Matt MacManus, based on a story by Mark H Baker. Cast includes Veronica Cartwright, Joey Cramer, Cliff De Young, Howard Hesseman and Paul Mall. 89 minutes. Colour. / Made for children, this might – one would think – be rather disturbing for them. A 12-year-old (Cramer) returns home after a fall and finds the wrong people living there. The police take him to ...

Perception

The ways in which we become aware of and receive information about the outside world, mainly through the senses, are together called perception. Philosophers are deeply divided as to whether our perceptions of the outside world correspond to an actual reality, or whether they are merely hypotheses, intellectual constructs, which may give us an unreliable or partial picture of external reality, or whether, indeed, outside reality is itself a mental construct. / Perception is and always has ...

Leisner, William

(?   -    ) US author of Ties to the Star Trek universe, beginning with Star Trek: The Next Generation: Losing the Peace (2009), which deals with the aftermath of a Borg assault upon civilization; he has also contributed to anthologies set in this universe. [JC]

Gutierrez, Alan

(1958-    ) American artist. After graduating from Pasadena's Art Center College of Design in 1982 with a BFA in Illustration, Gutierrez quickly entered the field of sf Illustration with a cover for the May 1983 issue of Fantasy Book depicting a Tyrannosaurus rex surrounded by cowboys. He then began painting covers for Tor Books which often featured impressively rendered Spaceships and other vehicles, sometimes entering the frame from an unusual angle, although human figures ...

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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