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Amazing Spider-Man 2, The

Film (2014). Columbia Pictures presents a Marvel Entertainment/Avi Arad/Matt Tolmach production. Directed by Marc Webb. Written by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner; story by Kurtzman, Orci, Pinkner, and James Vanderbilt. Cast includes Dane de Haan, Sally Field, Jamie Foxx, Andrew Garfield, Paul Giamatti, Felicity Jones and Emma Stone. 142 minutes. Colour, 3D (converted). / Having broken his promise in The Amazing Spider-Man to keep away from girlfriend Gwen Stacy, Peter ...

Fortune, Margaret

(?   -    ) US author whose Young Adult sf novel, Nova (2015), opens a projected five-book sequence. The young protagonist, suffering Amnesia, must discover her true nature and how to love while restricted to a giant Space Station, where she has arrived after involvement in an interstellar war waged by Earth to gain access to an inhabitable world (see Colonization of Other Worlds). Her refugee status is not emphasized. [JC]

Yu, Charles

(1976-    ) US lawyer and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Third Class Superhero" and other stories assembled as Third Class Superhero (coll 2006), none of these tales having been previously published; several stories in his second collection, Sorry Please Thank You: Stories (coll 2012), appeared previously in journals, including the impressive "Standard Loneliness Package" (November 2010 Lightspeed), in which, through an advanced Computer-governed ...

Cormier, Robert

(1925-2000) US author, highly esteemed for his Young Adult novels, especially perhaps The Chocolate War (1974), which is not fantastic. Of sf interest are The Bumblebee Flies Anyway (1983), which depicts the experiences of a child being experimented upon in a hospital called only the Complex; and Fade (1988), a tale of inherited Invisibility hovers Equipoisally between fantasy and sf whose protagonist gains markedly but suffers greatly through his alienating power. [JC]

Classics Illustrated

US Comics publication. Published by The Gilberton Company Incorporated and later Frawley Corporation from 1967 (see below). 169 issues in total, from 1941 to 1971. / Founded in 1941 by Alfred Lewis Kanter (1897-1973) to introduce reluctant readers to classic literature, Classics Illustrated proved to be one of the few success stories in US comics publishing which did not focus on Superheroes. Originally entitled Classic Comics until #35, the enterprise published adaptations of a great many ...

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 and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...



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