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Butterfly Effect, The

Film (2004). New Line Cinema presents a Benderspink/FilmEngine production. Directed by J Mackye Gruber and Eric Bress. Written by Gruber, Bress. Cast includes John Patrick Amedori, Irene Gorovaia, Elden Henson, Ashton Kutcher, William Lee Scott, Amy Smart and Melora Walters. 113 minutes (115 minutes director's cut). Colour. / Young Evan Treborn, "Event Reborn" (Kutcher, Amedori), has a traumatic childhood in which he suffers periodic "blackouts" in times of stress, having no memory ...

Archimedean Dynasty

Videogame (1996; vt Silent Running in Germany). Massive Development (MD). Designed by Alexander Jorias, Helmut Halfmann. Platforms: DOS. / Archimedean Dynasty is an example of an unusual Videogame form, the "sub sim" – a Space Sim which has been transposed from an interplanetary to an underwater milieu. Its ocean world is displayed in real time and in three dimensions when ...

Couzens, Gary

(1964-    ) UK author whose first published story was "Drowning" in The Ebb Tide and Other Stories from Cornwall (anth 1991), edited by John T Wilson. He began publishing work of genre interest with the film review column "Sprockets" (1991-1993 Exuberance) and then the genre tale "Second Contact" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in March 1994. Further stories and nonfiction pieces have appeared in ...

Chosen Survivors

Film (1974). Alpine-Churubusco/Metromedia. Directed by Sutton Roley. Written by H B Cross, Joe Reb Moffly, based on a story by Cross. Cast includes Jackie Cooper, Alex Cord, Bradford Dillman and Richard Jaeckel. 99 minutes. Colour. / This US/Mexico coproduction is a small-scale, inventive little exploitation movie whose plot-line is purest Paranoia. In a government test on stress reactions, 11 people are persuaded via ...

Alter, Robert Edmond

(1925-1965) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Coup de Grace" for Bizarre! Mystery Magazine in October 1965, and who wrote some stories as by Robert Retla; his only sf novel, the posthumous Path to Savagery (1969), depicts a devastating Future War on American territory. [JC]

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. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...

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