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Peterkiewicz, Jerzy

(1916-2007) Polish author active as a poet in his native land from 1934 until he was forced to escape in 1940, spending World War Two in the UK, where he settled, wrote in English, and was married to Christine Brooke-Rose 1948-1975. His first novel in English, The Knotted Cord (1953), a tale dense with folklore, was published as by Jerzy Pietrkiewicz, the original spelling of his surname. The Quick and the Dead (1961) is an Afterlife fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. ...

Crysis

Videogame (2007). Crytek. Designed by Cevat Yerli, Sten Huebler, Christopher Auty, Bernd Diemer. Platforms: Win. / Crysis is, in essence, a game about enablement. The player adopts the role of a Near Future US Delta Force operative equipped with a suit of armour powered by Nanotechnology, or "nanosuit". As in Starsoldier (1977) (see Starforce: Alpha Centauri), the Powered Armour suit has a limited amount of energy which can be employed in various ways, in this case to resist damage, provide ...

Midnight Special

Film (2016). Warner Bros presents a Tri-State Pictures production in association with Ratpac-Dune Entertainment and Faliro House Productions. Written and directed by Jeff Nichols. Cast includes Adam Driver, Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton, Jaeden Lieberher, Michael Shannon and Sam Shepard. 112 minutes. Colour. / Child Messiah Alton Meyer (Lieberher) is pursued by the FBI to a Parallel World above the Florida panhandle. / Of all the mistakes Mainstream Writers of SF make when using the ...

Lifeforce

Film (1985). Cannon. Directed by Tobe Hooper. Written by Dan O'Bannon, Don Jakoby, based on The Space Vampires (1976) by Colin Wilson. Cast includes Frank Finlay, Peter Firth, Mathilda May, Steve Railsback and Patrick Stewart. 101 minutes. Colour. / Astronauts exploring Halley's Comet discover three humanoid Alien bodies in suspended animation in crystal containers in a derelict alien Spaceship, and recover them. All but one of the astronauts die; the strange bodies awaken back in London, ...

Chaplin, W N

(1892-1981) UK author of a Lost Race novel, The Pagan City (1938), in which an intact Roman civilization is discovered Underground beneath the Sahara desert. Perhaps because of its conception late in the life of the Lost Race subgenre, Chaplin seems to have taken the opportunity to describe this civilization as a Dystopia, with an emphasis on the evils of Slavery, and a Satirical portrait of the kind of contemporary European delusionary thinking that might find Fascism or Nazism still ...

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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