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Time Traveler's Wife, The

Film (2009). New Line Cinema presents a Plan B and Nick Weschler production. Directed by Robert Schwentke. Written by Bruce Joel Rubin, based on the novel The Time Traveler's Wife (2003) by Audrey Niffenegger. Cast includes Eric Bana, Philip Craig, Alex Ferris, Arliss Howard, Ron Livingston, Rachel McAdams, Hailey McCann, Tatum McCann, Jane McLean, Michelle Nolden, Brooklynn Proulx and Stephen Tobolowsky. 103 minutes. Colour. / A woman conducts a Time Out of Sequence relationship with a ...

Tractor Beam

Term coined by E E Smith in Spacehounds of IPC (July-September 1931 Amazing; 1947) for the Force-Field equivalent of a rope and grappling iron, used to seize and immobilize or haul in objects encountered in space – typically, mineral ores and Spaceships which may be hostile, damaged or simply docking. The tractor beam has been widely adopted by sf authors, both as an item of Terminology and a plot convenience. Rick Raphael's "The Mailman Cometh" (February 1965 Analog) is an example of a ...

Omega Science Digest

Australian popular-science magazine, A4-size, publishing an average of two sf stories per issue; 37 bimonthly issues January/February 1981 to January/February 1987, edited by Philip Gore. The parent magazine was the US Science Digest, discontinued at around the same time. Though unexceptional as a science magazine, Omega Science Digest was, with a circulation around 35,000, for six years the most important publisher of Australian short sf, printing 78 stories by Australian authors, illustrated ...

Gygax, Gary

(1938-2008) US Game designer and author, in the latter capacity almost exclusively of Fantasy novels [see Checklist below]; he also wrote as E Gary Gygax. His importance to sf and allied genres stems from his role in the progression from a Wargame with added fantasy elements – Chainmail (1971 Guidon Games; rev 1972; rev 1975) with Jeff Perren – into the seminal fantasy Role Playing Game Dungeons and Dragons (1974 TSR; rev 1977; rev 1980; rev 1983; rev 2000; rev 2003; rev 2008) with ...

Secret of the Loch, The

Film (1934). Wyndham Productions/Ealing Studios. Produced by Bray Wyndham. Directed by Milton Rosmer. Written by Billie Bristow and Charles Bennett. Cast includes Gibson Gowland, Seymour Hicks, Nancy O'Neil and Frederick Peisley. 78 minutes. Black and white. / Eccentric Professor Heggie (Hicks) is determined to prove the existence of the fabled Loch Ness Monster, and with his helper Angus (Gowland) is working on a submersible to explore the loch. Reporter Jimmy Andrews (Peisley) arrives in ...

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. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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