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Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi

Film (2017). Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company) presents a Lucasfilm production in association with Ram Bergman Productions. Directed by Rian Johnson. Written by Johnson, based on characters created by George Lucas. Cast includes John Boyega, Gwendoline Christie, Anthony Daniels, Laura Dern, Adam Driver, Carrie Fisher, Domhnall Gleeson, Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, ...

RoboCop 3

Film (1992, but released late 1993). Orion. Directed by Fred Dekker. Written Frank Miller and Dekker based on a story by Miller based on characters created by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner. Cast includes Nancy Allen, Robert Burke, John Castle, Jill Hennessy, Remy Ryan and Rip Torn. 104 minutes. Colour. / With each sequel, life has been leached from the original RoboCop (1987) scenario, remembered for its ...

Cole, Gina

(1960-    ) New Zealand lawyer and author, active in the latter capacity after 2010, creator of the term pasifikafuturism, which is to say sf (and Fantastika in general) expressive of understandings and experience of the nature and fate of the world as seen through the eyes of the original inhabitants of Pacifica from an anti-Imperialist perspective. Her thesis on this subject, ...

Thom, Robert

(1929-1979) US screenwriter and author, of sf relevance mainly for his film work. For Wild in the Streets (1968) directed by Barry Shear, he wrote the screenplay, basing this on an earlier story, "The Day It All Happened, Baby!" (original publication not found); he was also responsible for the novelization, Wild in the Streets (1968). The surname of the rock star in this film – Flatlow – reflects Thom's original surname, ...

MacHarg, William

(1872-1951) US author, of sf interest for The Achievements of Luther Trant (coll of linked stories 1910) with Edwin Balmer, who was his brother-in-law (see his entry for details). [JC]

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...

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