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Shunn, William

(1967-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Cut Without Hands" (in LDSF-2: Latter-Day Science Fiction, anth 1985, edited by Benjamin Urrutia). The longer stories in his first collection, An Alternate History of the 21st Century (coll 2007 chap), tellingly and concisely ironize the Clichés and tropes of Genre SF, but without destroying their use as toolkit. "Not of this Fold" applies to the conventions of the First Contact tale – in ...

Trancers

Film (1984; vt Future Cop). Lexyn/Empire. Produced and directed by Charles Band. Written by Danny Bilson, Paul DeMeo. Cast includes Helen Hunt, Michael Stefani and Tim Thomerson. 76 minutes. Colour. / Band apparently learned from his early, mostly bad movies, for this small film is confident, stylish sf. Future cop Jack Deth (Thomerson) travels back from 2247 CE to present-day Los Angeles in search of dangerous mystic Whistler (Stefani), who has fled back in time and now occupies the body ...

Prediction

This entry deals with sf as a "predictive" genre. For sf stories about foretelling future events, see Precognition. / The most widespread false belief about sf among the general public is that it is a literature of prediction. Very few sf writers have ever claimed this to be the case, although Hugo Gernsback did see one function of his sf magazines as to paint an accurate picture of the future. Very few of the stories he published lived up to his editorializing. When John W Campbell Jr took ...

Captain Video

1. US tv serial (1949-1953 and 1955-1956). DuMont. Produced by Larry Menkin. DuMont was a New York television company; in the early years of television many programmes came from New York. Captain Video, a 30-minute children's programme that went out five nights a week, was the first sf on television. Written by Maurice Brockhauser, it starred Richard Coogan (replaced in 1950 by Al Hodge) as Captain Video, who 300 years from now, with the aid of his Video Rangers, battled various threats from ...

Dynamic Science Fiction

US Pulp magazine published by Columbia Publications; edited by R A W Lowndes. Six issues, December 1952-January 1954. Much of the fiction was unremarkable, though it did run Lester del Rey's sf thriller "I Am Tomorrow" (December 1952) and the short novel The Duplicated Man (August 1953; 1959) by James Blish and Michael Sherman (a pseudonym for Lowndes). Of more lasting significance was the magazine's nonfiction, which included two two-part critical articles of some note by James E Gunn: "The ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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