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Soylent Green

Film (1973). MGM. Directed by Richard Fleischer. Written by Stanley R Greenberg, based on Make Room! Make Room! (1966) by Harry Harrison. Cast includes Chuck Connors, Joseph Cotten, Charlton Heston, Paula Kelly, Edward G Robinson and Leigh Taylor-Young. 97 minutes. Colour. / A New York police detective (Heston) in a 2022 CE marked by massive Overpopulation investigates what appears to be a routine murder and in the end discovers that "soylent green", the main food for the world's ...

Christopher, Adam

Working name of New Zealand-born author Adam Christopher McGechan (1978-    ), in the UK from 2006, who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Devil in Chains, Part One" in Pantechnicon for September 2008, soon followed by "The Devil in Chains, Part Two" (March 2009 Pantechnicon). His first novel, Empire State (2012), is a noir thriller set in a retro Alternate World or Pocket Universe version of New York, the Amnesia of whose citizens comes from the fact that the ...

Fretland, Don J

(?   -    ) US author of the Oleandre Trilogy series beginning with The Persimmion Sequence (1970), set in a Near Future Dystopian world where scientists have been driven Underground though – it may be – there is some hope that Mars clings to independence. [JC]

Hutchinson, David

(1960-    ) UK author who published four volumes of stories by the age of twenty-one – Thumbprints (coll 1978), which is mostly fantasy, Fools' Gold (coll 1979), Torn Air (coll 1980) and The Paradise Equation (coll 1981), all as David Hutchinson – and then moved into journalism. The deftness and quiet humaneness of his work was better than precocious, though the deracinatedness of the worlds depicted in the later stories may have derived in part from the author's ...

Alexander, Karl

(1944-2015) US film set worker – as cameraman, electrician, gaffer, grip etc – and author whose first novel was Time After Time (1979), a Time Travel romp in which Jack the Ripper evades pursuit in 1893 by stealing the Time Machine described and here constructed by H G Wells, travelling through time to 1979 San Francisco (see California) and a renewed career of crime. Wells pursues; romantic and suspenseful complications follow. The story was filmed as Time After Time (1979). Jaclyn ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...



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