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Until the End of the World

Film (1991; director's cut 2015). Argos Films, Road Movies Filmproduktion, Village Roadshow Picture, Warner Bros, Wim Wenders Stiftung. Directed by Wim Wenders. Written by Peter Carey, Solveig Dommartin and Wenders. Cast (both versions) includes Lois Chiles, Ernie Dingo, Solveig Dommartin, Eddie Mitchell, Jeanne Moreau, William Hurt, Kuniko Miyake, Sam Neill, Chishū Ryū, Rüdiger Vogler and Max Von Sydow. 1991 version 158 minutes; 2015 version 287 minutes. Colour. / The 1991 ...

Avengers, The [film]

Film (2012); vt Marvel The Avengers US, Marvel Avengers Assemble UK & Ireland. Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures. Written and directed by Joss Whedon. Story by Zac Penn and Whedon, based on the Marvel Comic by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Cast includes Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Clark Gregg, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeremy Renner and Marc Ruffalo. 143 minutes. Colour, 3D (converted). / This long-planned ...

Darbyshire, Peter

(1967-    ) Canadian journalist and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Roadkill Man" for On Spec in March 1995. Most of his work under his own name – including three novels, Please (2003), The Warhol Gang (2010) and I'd Never Been Shot for Real Before (2014 ebook) – presents hallucinated but essentially nonfantastic visions of urban life, though the descriptions of Virtual Reality mazes at the heart of the contemporary Media Landscape in ...

Miller, Jon de Burgh

(?   -    ) UK author associated almost exclusively with the Doctor Who universe, for which he has written several Ties, including Doctor Who: The New Adventures: Bernice Summerfield: Twilight of the Gods (1999) with Mark Clapham and Doctor Who: Dying in the Sun (2001). He also contributed Time Hunter: Deus Le Volt (2006) to the Time Hunter sequence. [JC]


Canadian Semiprozine published by NFG Media, Toronto, and edited by Shar O'Brien. It saw six issues, A4 format, January 2003 (copyright date given as 2002) to May 2005 but fell victim to computer problems which precipitated its demise. It published "writing with attitude", strong stories with powerful plots and imagery. Writers included Chris Dolley with his debut story "The Sleeper and the Flame" (January 2003), Kaolin Fire, Paul Haines, Will McIntosh, Ruth Nestvold, Frederick Obermeyer and ...

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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