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Film (2009). Summit Entertainment presents an Escape Artists in association with Mystery Clock Cinema/Goldcrest Pictures/Kaplan-Perrone Entertainment/Wintergreen Productions production. Directed by Alex Proyas. Written by Ryne Douglas Pearson and Juliet Snowden & Stiles White; story by Pearson. Cast includes Rose Byrne, Nicolas Cage, Chandler Canterbury and Lara Robinson. 121 minutes. Colour. / An MIT astrophysicist's faith in a non-deterministic cosmos is shaken by a fifty-year-old ...


Videogame (1988). Interplay Productions. Designed by Alan Pavlish, Michael A Stackpole, Ken St Andre. Platforms: AppleII, C64, DOS. / Wasteland is a Computer Role Playing Game, played in a two-dimensional overhead view and set in the twenty-first-century Nevada desert, many years after an apocalyptic nuclear war. This milieu has a similar flavour to the future shown in the films Mad Max 2 (1981) and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985), a hostile wilderness inhabited by dangerous mutants, ...


In 1816, a few weeks before the declaration of Argentine independence, the country's first science fiction story, "Delirio" ["Delirium"], was published anonymously in the periodical La Prensa Argentina. This short story starts a broad tradition of science fiction in Argentine literature, with more than 50 published works in the nineteenth century. The most outstanding works of that century belong to the doctor and naturalist Edward L Holmberg (1852-1937), among them Viaje maravilloso del ...

Vale, Brenda

(?   -    ) UK author of Albion: A Romance of the Twenty-First Century (1982), set in a Near Future Britain in which an agrarian revolution has left the state with no enemies to coerce, though storm clouds beckon. [JC]

Columbia Workshop

Radio series (1936-1943; 1946-1947). CBS Radio for CBS Radio Network. Producers included Nila Mack and William N Robson. Directors included Irving Reis (1906-1953), Earle MacGill, Robson, Myron Sattler (?1907-?1981), Nila Mack, others. Staff writers included Stephen Vincent Benét, Richard Hughes, Vic Knight, Reis and Robson. Several hundred 60-minute episodes were produced, some as two-part serials. At least 333 episodes are known to survive. / While this was a general anthology ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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