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Element of Crime, The

Film (1984). Kærne Film presents in association with the Danish Film Institute a Per Holst Film Production. Original title (in Danish) Forbrydelsens Element. Directed by Lars von Trier. Written by Lars von Trier and Niels Vørsel. Director of Photography Tom Elling. Cast includes Michael Elphick, Ahmed El Shenawi, Astrid Henning-Jensen, János Herskó, Esmond Knight, Meme Lai and Jerold Wells. 104 minutes. Colour. / Washed-up detective Fisher (Elphick) employs a ...

Higgins, C A

(circa 1991-    ) US author whose Lightless sequence, comprising Lightless (2015), Supernova (2016) and Radiate (2017), combines family romance – the protagonist's terrorist putative father's sister is a dangerously charismatic rebel – and a Hard SF Near Future exploration of the nature of AI. Aboard an experimental Spaceship under the control of the tyranny now governing a Dystopian Earth, the Computer scientist protagonist finds herself engaged with the onboard ...

Lindblad, John

(1930-2011) Canadian journalist and author of Zap Day (1971), a very Near Future Technothriller in which the eponymous Holocaust is averted. [JC]

Day After Tomorrow, The

Film (2004). Twentieth Century Fox/Centropolis Entertainment/Lions Gate/Mark Gordon Company. Directed by Roland Emmerich. Written by Emmerich, Jeffrey Nachmanoff. Cast includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Ian Holm, Dash Mihok, Dennis Quaid, Emmy Rossum, Sela Ward and Kenneth Welsh. 124 minutes. Colour. / The third of Roland Emmerich's Disaster movies after Independence Day (1996) and Godzilla (1998), The Day After Tomorrow may have a different nemesis, in this case the weather, but it has a nearly ...

Nicholson, Norman

(1914-1987) UK poet and author, best known for his sophisticatedly (though plain-spoken) regional poetry. He is of sf interest for Prophesy to the Wind (performed January 1949 Newcastle People's Theatre, Newcastle, Tyne on Wear; 1950 chap), a play whose protagonist survives a nuclear World War Three, having been cast mysteriously into the distant Near Future; here a northern part of Britain has been resettled by Icelanders, who execute him after he attempts to bring back science and Technology. ...

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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