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Glasser, Alan

(?   -    ) US author of an unremarkable sf novel, The Demon Cosmos (dated 1978 but 1980), in which an evil force emanating from a fiery furnace at the heart of the galaxy (see Time Abyss) seems to have taken against humanity. [JC]


Film (2009). Touchstone Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company) presents a Mandeville Films production. Directed by Jonathan Mostow. Written by John Brancato and Michael Ferris from the Comics series The Surrogates (5 issues 2005-2006; graph 2009) by Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele. Cast includes James Cromwell, Ving Rhames and Bruce Willis. 89 minutes. Colour. / Surrogates are Androids similar to those used as indentured labour in Karel Čapek's R.U.R.: Rossum's Universal Robots ...

Hurwitz, Gregg Andrew

(1973-    ) US Comics writer for DC Comics and Marvel Comics, and author of Technothrillers with a Horror cast, whose first novels were published under his full name, though he more recently writes as Gregg Hurwitz. His first novel of sf interest is Minutes to Burn (2001), in which, tellingly, Mutant distortions of the theory of Evolution are found on an Island in the Galapágos archipelago. Ecological disaster looms. The Young Adult Rains Brothers sequence, comprising ...


US tv series (2004-2010). Bad Robot for ABC. Created by J J Abrams, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse. Producers include Abrams, Lindelof, Cuse and Bryan Burk. Directors include Abrams, Jack Bender, Stephen Williams and Paul A Edwards. Writers include Abrams, Lindelof, Cuse, Jeffrey Lieber, Elizabeth Sarnoff, Drew Goddard, Javier Grillo-Marxuach and Brian K Vaughan. Cast includes Matthew Fox as Jack Shephard, Evangeline Lilly as Kate Austen, Josh Holloway as James "Sawyer" Ford, Terry O'Quinn as ...

Reitmeister, Louis Aaron

(1903-1975) US author of If Tomorrow Comes (1934), a Utopia in which an Alien from another planet, given a tour by two humans, one of whom constantly deprecates Earthly civilization; the alien in turn extols life on the planet Jedelar, whose inhabitants are unfailingly rational, needing no government to keep them in check. [JC]

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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