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Arrival, The

US/Mexican film (1996). Live Entertainment, Steelwork Films, Mediaworks. Directed and written by David Twohy. Cast includes Lindsay Crouse, Richard Schiff, Ron Silver and Charlie Sheen. 115 minutes. Colour. / Low-budget Paranoid sf thriller in which the hapless radio-astronomer protagonist Zane Zaminsky (Sheen), working on SETI at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, detects an Extraterrestrial radio Communication from the relatively near Star Wolf 333. His supervisor Phil Gordian (Silver) ...

Leimbach, Marti

(1963-    ) US author, almost entirely of nonfantastic novels, often with a focus on Medicine and the complex traumas of illness, with an emphasis on neurological conditions. The best known of these tales are probably Dying Young (1990) and Daniel Isn't Talking (2006); both were filmed. Leimbach is of sf interest for the Near Future Young Adult Dragonfly Girl (2021), whose young protagonist, a budding Scientist, brings a rat back to life under laboratory conditions. ...

Williams, John A

(1925-2015) US academic, poet and author, almost all of whose work reflected his experiences (including service in World War Two) as a Black American. His sf (see Race in SF) is similarly focused. The Man Who Cried I Am (1967) posits a Black genocide plot on the part of the American Government, known as the King Alfred Plan and to be put into action – beginning with mass transfer of Black people into concentration camps – in case of civil uprising; the protagonists of the tale are ...

Jakobson, Lars

(1959-    ) Swedish librarian and author. An sf enthusiast since childhood, Lars Jakobson wrote his examination thesis at the Swedish Librarian college on sf published in Sweden 1953-1976. His work is founded on a wide reading and deep affection for classical sf, but at the same time also in his fascination with modernist literary techniques (see Modernism in SF) and in transhumanist philosophy. His first novel, Vinterkvarter ["Winter Quarters"] (1985) is mainstream realism, ...

Kashiwaba Sachiko

(1953-    ) Japanese author, largely of fantasy fiction for children and Young Adults, beginning with Kiri no Mukō no Fushigi-na Machi (1975; trans Christopher Holmes as The Marvelous Village Veiled in Mist 1987), in which the titular Brigadoon-like Polder [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], where local accents echo that of Kashiwaba's native Iwate, is revealed to a six-year-old child on a summer vacation, who is obliged to then work there to pay for ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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