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Film (2003). Paramount Pictures presents a Mutual Film Company and Cobalt Media Group production. Directed by Richard Donner. Written by Jeff Maguire and George Nolfi, based on the novel Timeline (1999) by Michael Crichton. Cast includes Gerard Butler, Billy Connolly, Matt Craven, Marton Csokas, Ethan Embry, Anna Friel, Frances O'Connor, Michael Sheen, David Thewlis, Paul Walker and Lambert Wilson. 110 minutes. Colour. / Students from a modern-day archaeology dig in the Dordogne region of ...

Idle, Eric

(1943-    ) UK comedian, composer, actor, and author of a wide range of comic material, from skits for the famous UK Television series Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969-1974) to the book and libretto for the play Monty Python's Spamalot (2005), and of two novels, the second of which, The Road to Mars: A Post-Modern Novel (1999), is sf featuring an Android scholar in the employ of two twenty-second century comedians working the interplanetary vaudeville circuit known as the ...

Overland Monthly, The

US magazine whose first editor was Bret Harte (who resigned in January 1871), published in San Francisco by A Roman & Co, monthly, July 1868-December 1875, then again January 1883-July 1935. Under the editorship of Millicent Washburn Shinn (1858-1940) a special "Twentieth Century" issue – June 1890 – contained articles and essays all directly related to Edward Bellamy's then much discussed work Looking Backward, 2000-1887 (1888). In addition, its six fiction contributions were ...

Mancour, Terry L

(1968-    ) US author of a Tie to the Star Trek universe, Star Trek: The Next Generation #20: Spartacus (1992) as T L Mancour. He is also of sf interest for two self-published Sequels by Another Hand to H Beam Piper's Space Viking (November 1962-June 1963 Analog; 1963): Prince of Tanith (2011 ebook) and Princess Valerie's War (2011 ebook). The likewise self-published Casanova's Butterfly sequence opening with Bad Penny (2017) deals with erotic exploits facilitated by Time ...

Mergl, Václav

(1935-    ) Czechoslovakian animator, artist, writer and director; graduate of VŠUP (the College of Applied Arts, Prague). His films were usually made for Krátký Film (later Krátký Film Praha a.s.). / Mergl used stop-motion techniques – both cut-outs and claymation – as well standard 2D animation, including woodcut-like illustrations; his films sometimes use a mixture of these styles. After a couple of experimental ...

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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