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Brenchley, Chaz

(1959-    ) UK author, most of whose work has been horror mixed with fantasy elements, often grounded with Horror-In-Sf rationales; he also writes as by Daniel Fox and Ben Macallan. His novel Mall Time (1991) set a pattern of complexly told tales whose outcomes – in this case unambiguously, as nine separate characters are exposed to a joint terror at the opening of a shopping mall – guardedly though with streetwise gusto expose an underlying bleakness to the ...


Film (2013). Universal Pictures and One Race Films in association with Radar Pictures. Written and directed by David Twohy. Cast includes Vin Diesel, Katee Sackhoff and Karl Urban. Theatrical version 119 minutes; Director's Cut 207 minutes. Colour. / After rising from wanted fugitive to Lord Marshal of the Necromongers in The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), Riddick undertakes a quest for his homeworld Furya but is betrayed and abandoned on an arid planet, whose lethal water-dwelling predators ...

Barnes, Arthur K

(1909-1969) US pulp author, known also for his works outside the sf field, who was intermittently active in sf until about 1946, beginning with "Lord of the Lightning" for Wonder Stories in December 1931. His Gerry Carlyle series of Space Opera tales – in which Miss Carlyle and a sidekick hunt down various Aliens, carefully designated as non-sentient, for the London Interplanetary Zoo – was worked up into Interplanetary Hunter (stories June 1937-Winter 1946 Thrilling Wonder; fixup ...

Cheynell, Francis

(1608-1665) UK minister, controversialist from a Presbyterian point of view, and author; his Proto SF Satire, Aulicus His Dream, of the Kings Sudden Comming to London (1644 chap), is one of the first texts in English to be set, even notionally, in the future. The pamphlet complicatedly attacks the Royalist newspaper, Mercurius Aulicus, issues of which were routinely smuggled into London, and has no room in its few pages to develop its future setting. [JC]

Orbital Children, The

Japanese Anime tv series (2022; original title Chikyūgai Shōnen Shōjo; vt Extraterrestrial Boys and Girls). Production +h. Directed and written by Mitsuo Iso. Voice cast includes Chinatsu Akasaki, Natsumi Fujiwara, Mariya Ise, Yumiko Kobayashi, Kensho Ono and Azumi Waki. Released as two films (Japan) or six episodes (internationally). Circa 180 minutes. Colour. / By 2034 (see Near Future), the Intelligence of the AI known as Seven had skyrocketed to a level it was incapable ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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