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Star Wars Games

The Star Wars intellectual property is of interest as perhaps the archetypal example of an sf transmedia canon which has evolved from a series of films into a franchise which is now continued primarily through Ties (see Star Wars) and (commercially more significant) Videogames. These latter works deal variously with the adventures of characters who do not appear in the films but exist contemporaneously with them, with the distant past of the setting explored in the original trilogy, and with ...

Addison, Joseph

(?   -    ) Scottish-born author resident in Canada whose only novel, Tesseract (1988), perhaps over-complexly explores various dimensions in Time and space, the eponymous AI serving to help the protagonist of the tale decide which Alternate World available to him will offer a chance for Homo sapiens (plus another race) to avoid mortal Disaster. [JC]

Wallach, Tommy

(?   -    ) US author of Young Adult novels whose We All Looked Up (2015) understands a potential Earth-shattering Disaster – a vast Asteroid on collision course with the planet – in terms of the life decisions the four young protagonists of the tale must now face. In Thanks for the Trouble (2016), which is adroitly couched as a college application, a teenage boy attempts to come to terms with the meaning of his relationship with a seemingly ...

1990: I Guerrieri del Bronx

Film (1982; vt Bronx Warriors; vt 1990: Bronx Warriors). Deaf Film International. Directed by Enzo G Castellari. Written by Castellari, Dardano Sacchetti, Elisa Livia Briganti. Cast includes Chris Connelly, Stefania Girolami, Mark Gregory, Vic Morrow and Fred Williamson. 84 minutes. Colour. / Inspired by Walter Hill's The Warriors (1979) and John Carpenter's Escape from New York (1981), this Italian film is set in a future-Hell New York overrun by street gangs, with a psychotic law-enforcer ...

Cat Soup

Japanese animated film (2001; vt Nekojiru-sō). J.C. Staff. Directed by Tatsuo Satō. Produced by Yuji Matsukura. Written by Nekojiru, Tatsuo Satō and Masaaki Yuasa. No voice cast. 34 minutes. Colour. / Made in tribute to the Manga artist "Nekojiru", which roughly translates as "cat soup" – real name Chiyomi Hashiguchi (1967-1998) – who created the cute anthropomorphized cats Nyatta and Nyako. / Whilst drowning in the bath Nyatta sees his sickly sister led away ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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