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Film (2004). Produced by Shane Carruth. Directed by Carruth. Written by Carruth. Cast includes Carruth and David Sullivan. 77 minutes. Colour. / Made for a mere $7000 US, Primer was recognized at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival where it won the Grand Jury Prize. This film is an intensely convoluted, intellectually uncompromising analysis of a Time Machine. It is the most sophisticated cinematic work of Hard SF cinema on the subject. / In present day America, two young engineers (Carruth ...

McKeag, Ernest L

(1896-1974) UK author who began writing boys' fiction in 1921, some of it featuring the occasional sf McGuffin and several Lost Worlds. In his later career he published many non-sf novels under the House Name "Griff". The Lost City of the Sierras (1927 chap) is a Lost World tale set Underground; Invaded by Mars (1934) and Terror from the Stratosphere (1937), both as by Jack Maxwell, are juvenile sf. The Shuna sequence – Shuna, White Queen of the Jungle (1951) and Shuna and the Lost Tribe ...

Robinson, Nigel

(?   -    ) UK author best known for various Ties to the Doctor Who universe, beginning with Doctor Who: The Sensorites (1987) and others, later adding two Doctor Who New Adventures: Timewyrm: Apocalypse (1991) and Birthright (1993). Nonfiction quiz books attached to the series are not listed below. He is also responsible a series of ties to the Horror High sequence of Young Adult horror tales, and for several ties based on the Television series Tomorrow ...

Evans, Richard

(1950-1996) UK sf editor for various London publishers: Futura – where he launched the Orbit sf imprint – in the 1970s, Hutchinson/Arrow until 1983, and finally Gollancz, where he remained a senior editor until his death. At Arrow he edited, anonymously, two sf anthologies for the children's imprint Sparrow: Peter Davison's Book of Alien Monsters (anth 1982) and Peter Davison's Book of Alien Planets (anth 1983). The stories were supposedly chosen by Peter Davison, then playing the ...

Podrug, Junius

(1947-    ) US lawyer and author known for "collaborating" with the dead Harold Robbins (1916-1997) on several posthumous novels. After Gary Jennings, author of Aztec (1980) and its sequels, died in 1999, his editor, Robert Gleason and Podrug continued the Aztec sequence with Aztec Blood (2001); two of the later volumes – Gary Jennings' Apocalypse 2012 (2009) and Garry Jennings' The 2012 Codex (2010), both credited to Gleason and Podrug alone – are set in the ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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