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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Film (1986). Paramount. Directed by Leonard Nimoy. Written by Steve Meerson, Peter Krikes, Harve Bennett, Nicholas Meyer, based on a story by Nimoy and Bennett. Cast includes the lead players from the Star Trek television series, along with Catherine Hicks. 119 minutes. Colour. / Returning to Earth on their captured Klingon spacecraft to stand trial for exceeding orders in various ways (see Star Trek III: The Search for Spock [1984]), Kirk and the crew of the (late) Enterprise are faced ...

Zero Theorem, The

Film (2013). Voltage Pictures presents an Asia & Europe Productions and Zanuck Independent production in association with Zephyr Films, Media Pro Pictures, Le Pacte, Wild Side Films, Picture Perfect Corporation and Film Capital Europe Funds. Directed by Terry Gilliam. Written by Pat Rushin, with additional material by Gilliam. Cast includes Matt Damon, Lucas Hedges, Tilda Swinton, David Thewlis, Mélanie Thierry and Christoph Waltz. 107 minutes. Colour. / A reclusive Computer ...

Cox, A B

(1893-1971) UK author, best known for detective stories as by Anthony Berkeley and as by Francis Iles; he also wrote some fantasies and at least two sf works: The Professor on Paws (1926), in which a man's brain is transplanted into the family cat (see Identity Transfer), but – in an odd prefiguration of Daniel Keyes's Flowers for Algernon (April 1959 F&SF; exp 1966) – gradually finds his human intellect fading into the cunning stupor of his feline host; and The Merchant Prince; ...

Vasquez Gilliland, Raquel

(?   -    ) US poet and author, whose first collection, Dirt and Honey (coll 2018) exuberantly interweaves Mexican traditional folktales, mythology, personal narratives, some of the longer poems providing a narrative beat characteristic of Fantastika. She is of sf interest for her first novel, the Young Adult Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything (2020), which Equipoisally incorporates Mexican and Haitian material into the essentially ...

Atomic Submarine, The

Film (1959; vt The Atomic Sub). Gorham Productions/Allied Artists. Produced by Alex Gordon. Directed by Spencer Gordon Bennett (credited as Spencer G Bennett). Written by Orville H Hampton from an original story by Irving Block and Jack Rabin (uncredited). Cast includes Dick Foran, Arthur Franz and Brett Halsey. 80 minutes cut to 72 minutes. Black and white. / In what was then the Near Future of the mid-1960s, cargo submarines (see Under the Sea) and other craft regularly traverse the ...

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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