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Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones

Film (2002). A Lucasfilm Ltd Production, a Twentieth Century Fox release. Directed by George Lucas. Written by Lucas, Jonathan Hales. Cast includes Hayden Christensen, Christopher Lee, Ian McDiarmid, Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman. 142 minutes. Colour. / More ambitious than its immediate predecessor, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999), ...

O'Donnell, Mark

(1954-2012) US playwright, librettist, humorist and author, much of his work in the mode of the goonish Satire exemplified by The Harvard Lampoon, to which he contributed as by Ibis, and The Hasty Pudding Theatricals group. He is perhaps best known for his work on the musical Hairspray (first performed 2002, Seattle, Washington). His work of sf interest tends to the skit-like, as in the title novella included in Vertigo Park and Other Tall Tales ...

West, Morris

(1916-1999) Australian author, in his early years a lay monk, and best known for novels like The Devil's Advocate (1959). The Shoes of the Fisherman (1963), filmed as The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968), features the election of a Russian Pope at a point when World War Three threatens to erupt; in The Navigator (1976) a lost Island is found in the South Pacific, and a ...

Stümpke, Harald

Pseudonym of German zoologist and author Gerold Steiner (1908-2008) for his spoof exercise in imaginary zoology (see Biology), Bau und Leben Der Rhingradentia (1962 chap; trans Leigh Chadwick as The Snouters: Form and Life of the Rhinogrades 1967 chap). The Rhinogrades, or snouters, are a new order of mammals discovered in Hi-yi-yi, an unknown Archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. Unfortunately, an American ...

Miller, Jon de Burgh

(?   -    ) UK author associated almost exclusively with the Doctor Who universe, for which he has written several Ties, including Doctor Who: The New Adventures: Bernice Summerfield: Twilight of the Gods (1999) with Mark Clapham and Doctor Who: Dying in the Sun (2001). He also contributed Time Hunter: Deus Le Volt (2006) to the Time Hunter sequence. ...

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 ...



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