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Shi Nian Taiwan

["Ten Years Taiwan"] Taiwanese film (2018). Golden Scene, Joint Studio, Ten Years Pictures. Directed by Lekal Sumi Cilangasan, Rina B. Tsou, Lu Po-shun, Hsieh Pei-ju, Lau Kek-huat. Cast includes Liao Bo-yan, Lu Dong-yang, Karolyn Kieke, Jane Liao, Li Li-rong, Alina Tsai, Wang Tsung-wei, Li Wen-he, Cheng Yu-chieh and Cheng Zheng-jun. Screenplay by the directors. 108 minutes. Colour. / An anthology piece of five Near-Future Dystopian vignettes about life in Taiwan in the year 2028, inspired ...

Hawton, Hector

(1901-1975) UK author and humanist, at one time managing director of the Rationalist Press Association; he wrote mostly detective thrillers between about 1934 and 1957. The Col. Max Masterson sequence – Tower of Darkness (1950), Blue-Eyed Buddha (1951), Black Emperor (1952) and The Lost Valley (1953) – verges on sf, the final volume being a Lost-Race tale set in the Himalayas, where Soviet intervention via one-man helicopters (see Inventions) threatens world peace. Operation ...

Merrill, Harrison R

(1884-1938) US poet, academic and author of Ko-i-Chito: The Indian Boy (1937), a tale for children set in what would become Utah, mixing together Lost Race and Prehistoric SF influences. [JC]

Shyamalan, M Night

(1970-    ) US filmmaker, born in India to Philadelphia-based parents; the city and environs serve as settings for most of his films. His first feature Praying with Anger (1992) explored aspects of his Indian-American identity; his second, Wide Awake (1998), emerged from a brief flirtation with family comedy which also saw work on the screenplay for Stuart Little (1999). He came to wider attention that year with his third feature as writer-director, The Sixth Sense (1999), a ...

Sarrantonio, Al

(1952-    ) US editor and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Ahead of the Joneses" in Asimov's for March 1979, and much of whose work is horror, sometimes tinged with sf (see Horror in SF), including his first novel, The Worms (1985), a Gothic tale set in Massachusetts with hints of H P Lovecraft; and Moonbane (1989), in which Werewolves use nuclear weapons to smash the Moon so that its fragments' reflected light will empower them at all hours. He has ...

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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