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Silas, A E

(?   -    ) US author whose only novel to date, The Panorama Egg (1978), is a Science Fantasy tale whose protagonist collects panorama eggs – hollowed-out eggs with vistas painted on their interior walls – and is given one which serves as a portal to another Dimension. His life within this Pocket Universe soon devolves into a series of fantasy experiences, including a need to use Magic to depose a Dark Lord. [JC]


Film (1984). MGM/UA. Produced, directed, photographed and written by Peter Hyams, based on 2010: Odyssey Two (1982) by Arthur C Clarke. Cast includes Bob Balaban, Keir Dullea, John Lithgow, Helen Mirren and Roy Scheider. 116 minutes. Colour. / Nine years after the events of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), a joint Soviet-US space mission in a Russian spacecraft is sent to recover information from the Discovery, which in the previous film had been left in orbit around Jupiter with its computer, ...

Khoury, Raymond

(1960-    ) Lebanon-born investment banker, screenwriter, illustrator and author, mostly either in US from 1975 or latterly in the UK. His Last Templar sequence beginning with The Last Templar (2005), in which a contemporary archaeologist begins to discover, via papers and treasure hidden in a pouch, the true Secret Masters history of the Knights Templar; she is soon joined by an FBI agent. Some scenes are set in the thirteenth century. A secret epic, which falls short of ...

Kaluta, Michael W

(1947-    ) American artist, born in Guatemala to American citizens. After a peripatetic childhood as the son of a soldier in the United States Air Force, Kaluta received his artistic training at the Richmond Professional Institute from 1966 to 1968 and then began his professional career. Some early covers for Fantastic magazine, interior illustrations for Fantastic and Amazing Stories, and a few book covers for Small Presses attracted little attention; however, Kaluta ...

Time of Roses, A

Finnish film (1969; original title Ruusujen Aika). Filminor. Directed by Risto Jarva. Written by Risto Jarva, Peter von Bagh and Jarko Paakasvirra. Cast includes Tarja Markus, Arto Tuominen, Ritva Vepsä. 111 minutes. Black and white.  / Helsinki, Finland, in the year 2012 is a prosperous, peaceful society ruled by a meritocracy of technicians. The somewhat smug researcher Raimo (Tuominen) embarks upon a project to compare his time with that of his ancestors, by making a ...

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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