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Animatrix, The

Cycle of nine short Anime films (2003) by a variety of hands and studios under the Warner Brothers/Village Roadshow production umbrella, expanding the world of The Matrix (1999) as a novel experiment in Shared-World cinema. Two films, Kid and Final Flight of the Osiris, serve as direct prequels to The Matrix Reloaded (2003), and were released theatrically as supporting features to other Warner Brothers films; the full cycle was released on DVD to synchronize with the film sequel's release. The ...

Terror in Meeple City

Board Game (2013). Repos Production. Designed by Antoine Bauza and Ludovic Maublanc. / Monsters are attacking Meeple City! They are roaring their terrible roars and baring their terrible teeth and eating everything in sight! Meeples everywhere are fleeing for their lives, but the hungry monsters have no remorse! / Terror in Meeple City is a dexterity game for 2-4 players, a lighthearted take on Monster Movies in board game form in which the players take the role of giant ...

Shastri, H P

(1853-1931) Indian [ie Bengali] Sanskrit scholar and author whose Valmikir Jaya (publication data unknown: perhaps circa 1880; trans Ranjani Ranjan Sen as The Triumph of Valmiki 1909) features a robber-chief protagonist with Superpowers, who travels by unspecified means to a distant nebula. There he creates a replica of the Solar System which – acting as a Forerunner figure – he populates with human beings, creating a Utopia. [JC]

SFWA Grand Master Award

A lifetime achievement Award presented to living authors (only) by the Nebula Committee of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, as part of the annual Nebula Awards presentation for work appearing in the previous year. The Grand Master Award was inaugurated in 1975, when the first presentation was made to Robert A Heinlein. In theory this honour is awarded only from time to time, but since 1995 it has become rare for a year to be skipped. It goes always to writers who are senior in ...

Blade Runner 2049

Film (2017). Columbia Pictures with Warner Bros and Alcon Entertainment presents a Scott Free Productions film in association with Torridon Films, 16:14 Entertainment and Thunderbird Films. Directed by Denis Villeneuve. Written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, based on characters from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) by Philip K Dick. Cast includes Hiam Abbass, Ana de Armas, Dave Bautista, Mackenzie Davis, Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Sylvia Hoeks, Carla Juri, Jared Leto, Edward ...

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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