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Philips, Judson P

(1903-1989) US author active from the publication of "Room Number 23" (20 June 1925 Flynn's Detective Fiction), which is a locked room tale; most of the 100 or more thrillers written under both his own name, and as by Hugh Pentecost, the pseudonym under which he was best known, date however from the 1960s and 1970s. Of sf interest is Red War (1936) with Thomas M Johnson, a Near Future tale in which an accelerating War is spurred on by a Communist conspirator who threatens to take over the ...

Alton, Andrea I

(1946-    ) US author whose Demon of Undoing (1988), set on a planet dominated by a cat-like Alien civilization, describes the initially uneasy but ultimately effective rapport between a crippled member of Clan Fen and the human Sig, a surviving member of an expedition whose long-ago impact on the rigidly honour-bound stratified Inkairans had been destabilizing, and who are now remembered as the Demons of Undoing. Sig soon demonstrates how wit can trump brawn. / Alton ...

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Film (2016). Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company) presents a Lucasfilm production. Directed by Gareth Edwards. Written by Tony Gilroy, John Knoll, Chris Weitz and Gary Whitta, based on characters created by George Lucas. Cast includes Riz Ahmed, Peter Cushing, Ingvild Deila, Carrie Fisher, Felicity Jones, James Earl Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelsen, Wayne Pygram, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker and Donnie Yen. 133 minutes. Colour. / A ...

Savitsky, Georgiy

(1981-    ) Pen-name for Georgiy Polevodov, Russian-Ukrainian author of many War novels, some of which drifted into Alternate History and a Future History favouring, and some cases chillingly foreshadowing, the strategic policies of Vladimir Putin in the twenty-first century. His least contentious genre work is arguably Russkaya Luna ["Russian Moon"] (2019) which takes the same Jonbar Point as the Apple TV series For All Mankind (2019 US) – the real-world death of the ...

Yokoyama Eiji

(1953-    ) Japanese artist and Manga illustrator, who quit his design company job in 1981, the same year as his comics debut, "Richigi-na Gendai" ["The Age of Integrity"] (graph 1981 Comic Ryū). Other notable early works include Scramble Kekka ["Scramble Effect"] (graph 1982 Shōnen Champion) and Monthly Planet (graph 1985 S-F Magazine), all gag strips depicting Hard SF situations with cute, infantilized characters. He was also a cover illustrator for many ...

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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