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Gladiatorerna

Film (1968; vt The Peace Game; vt The Gladiators). Sandrews/New Line. Directed by Peter Watkins. Written by Nicholas Gosling, Watkins. Cast includes Frederick Danner, Björn Franzen, Kenneth Lo and Arthur Pentelow. 105 minutes, cut to 91 minutes. Colour. / Watkins uses his customary cinema-verité approach in this Swedish film about a Near Future in which, as a surrogate for full-scale war, ...

Blacker, Terence

(1948-    ) UK author, mostly for Young Adult readers and for younger children, active from about 1984; he is best known for his Ms Wiz stories for younger children, and has also written adult novels. Of sf interest is The Angel Factory (2001), in which the young protagonist's parents turn out to be Aliens who have adopted him for reasons not entirely to his liking. [JC]

Universal Soldier

Film (1992). Carolco International. Directed by Roland Emmerich. Executive producer Mario Kassar. Written by Richard Rothstein, Christopher Leitch, Dean Devlin. Cast includes Dolph Lundgren, Jerry Orbach, Ed O'Ross, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Ally Walker. 103 minutes. Colour. / Crisply made but derivative in most of its plot turns, Universal Soldier centres on a secret military unit of Cyborgs, many reconstructed ...

Myers, Edward

(1950-    ) US author whose sf/fantasy sequence – the Mountain Made of Light comprising The Mountain Made of Light (1992), Fire and Ice (1992) and The Summit (1994) – interestingly revises long-outmoded Lost Race conventions. Though it is primarily set in the 1920s, and though fantasy elements increasingly dominate in later volumes, the trilogy is of sf as a demonstration of the ...

Branley, Franklyn M

(1915-2002) US scientist and author, director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York, 1968-1972. Most of his approximately 200 works of nonfiction, many of them concerning Astronomy and Space Flight, were written for the Young Adult market [see highly selected list below]. His one sf novel, the Young Adult ...

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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