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Aronofsky, Darren

(1969-    ) US filmmaker whose sf films to date have been the Mathematical psychodrama π or Pi (1998) and the Immortality quest epic The Fountain (2007); he also co-wrote David Twohy's World War Two haunted-submarine (see Under the Sea) fantasy Below (2002), and was briefly but pivotally involved in the development of Watchmen (2009) – he suggested the film version's ending – as well as unrealized Comics adaptations including a 2000 version of Frank Miller's ...

Villareal, Raymond A

(?   -    ) US lawyer and author whose first novel, A People's History of the Vampire Uprising (2018), ingeniously traces the consequences of a Near Future infection, the Nogales Organic Blood Illness or NOBI, a Pandemic whose initial effects seem deadly, transforming those humans who survive into Vampires known as Gloamings, who are smarter and more attractive than normal humans, and can anticipate life-spans of up to 300 years, tantamount in the human ...

Miln, Louise Jordan

(1864-1933) UK author about whose identity there has been some confusion. Her surname has been spelled "Milne"; the British Library lists at least one of her books as by James Miln of Toronto; "Louise Jordan Miln" has been identified as a pseudonym of the British actor George Crichton Miln (1851-?   ), who was her husband. The truth is probably that she wrote the books signed with her name, and that she was otherwise known as Mrs George Crichton Miln. She is the author of several ...

At the Earth's Core

Film (1976). Amicus/AIP. Directed by Kevin Connor. Written by Milton Subotsky, based on At the Earth's Core (4-25 April 1914 All-Story Weekly; 1922) by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Cast includes Peter Cushing, Doug McClure and Caroline Munro. 89 minutes. Colour. / The success of Amicus's The Land that Time Forgot (also based on a Burroughs novel) inspired the making of this lightweight film, in which genially routine adventures take place inside a vast cavern visited by a hero and a scientist in a ...

van Vogt, A E

(1912-2000) Canadian author, in the US from November 1944, when he was welcomed to Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society and made regular appearances at its meetings (see Fandom). He was born Alfred Vogt and legally changed this to Alfred Elton van Vogt during the process of applying for American citizenship in 1945. Van Vogt did not therefore leave his native land until his early thirties, and it is arguable that a Canadian solitudinousness colours his work throughout; it is ...

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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