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Swift, Morrison I

(1856-1946) US political thinker, agitator and author whose early anarchism, which brought him fame, decayed in his old age into antisemitic fascism; his novels come from his earlier years. He published three novels of some interest: A League of Justice; Or, Is It Right to Rob the Robbers? (1893) is set in a Near Future America bedevilled by inequality, but transformed into a just society by the eponymous league, which robs the rich and gives to the poor; The Monarch Billionaire (1903), is a ...

Reed, Jeremy

(1951-    ) UK poet and author, much of whose fiction comprises a set of loosely-linked tales about nineteenth-century decadents; those with fantasy elements include Isidore: A Novel About the Comte de Lautreamont (1991), When the Whip Comes Down: A Novel about de Sade (1992), in which de Sade Timeslips through the centuries, and Dorian (1997), about Oscar Wilde [see also The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. Of more direct sf interest are Diamond Nebula (1994), ...

Arrival, The

US/Mexican film (1996). Live Entertainment, Steelwork Films, Mediaworks. Directed and written by David Twohy. Cast includes Lindsay Crouse, Richard Schiff, Ron Silver and Charlie Sheen. 115 minutes. Colour. / Low-budget Paranoid sf thriller in which the hapless radio-astronomer protagonist Zane Zaminsky (Sheen), working on SETI at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, detects an Extraterrestrial radio Communication from the relatively near Star Wolf 333. His supervisor Phil Gordian (Silver) ...

O'Neill, Louise

(1985-    ) Irish journalist and author whose first novel, the Near Future Young Adult Dystopia Only Ever Yours (2014), posits a world where women are raised as breeders, selected for their physical beauty and decorousness when addressed by males, as concubines, or "chastities" (which is to say teachers of young females) (see Feminism; Women in SF). The intense interactions of teenage girls awaiting their fate are at points reminiscent of those depicted in Kazuo Ishiguro's ...

Star Trek: First Contact

Film (1996). Paramount. Produced by Rick Berman. Directed by Jonathan Frakes. Written by Brannon Braga and Ronald D Moore, based on a story by Berman, Braga, and Moore. Cast includes Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, Alice Krige, James Cromwell and Alfre Woodard. 111 minutes. Colour. / For this eighth film in the Star Trek Cinema sequence – and the first in which the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...



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