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Hunger Games, The: Catching Fire

Film (2013). Lionsgate/Color Force. Directed by Francis Lawrence. Written by Simon Beaufoy and Michael Arndt, based on a novel by Suzanne Collins. Cast includes Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Jennifer Lawrence and Donald Sutherland. 146 minutes. Colour. / Francis Lawrence replaced Gary Ross, the director of The Hunger Games (2012), for the second adaptation of Collins's hugely popular series; he inherited two significant and unavoidable problems. Firstly, this is a middle volume, so it is ...

Miller, Larry

(?   -    ) UK author of a Tie, Inseminoid (1981), novelizing the film Inseminoid (1981), a Space Opera centred on a planet where successive teams of explorers have died horribly. [JC]

Halo: Combat Evolved

Videogame (2001). Bungie Studios (BS). Designed by John Howard. Platforms: XBox (2001); Mac, Win (2003); rev vt Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary XB360 (2011). / Halo: Combat Evolved is a First Person Shooter, with a linear plot (see Interactive Narrative) which owes much to such sf action films as Aliens (1986). The player takes the role of the "Master Chief", a biologically enhanced chief petty officer wearing Powered Armour. In the future of the Halo series, humanity is fighting a losing ...

Block, Bob

(1921-2011) UK scriptwriter, mostly for BBC radio and television, from as early as 1954 with scripts for Life with the Lyons in both mediums; he created and scripted one series, Robert's Robots (1973); and has novelized some of his other scripts of genre interest, including more than one for Rentaghost (1976), as well as Galloping Galaxies! (1987), which adapts scripts from Galloping Galaxies! (1985), a spoof space series derivative of Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker works, set on the spaceship ...

Cory, Howard L

Collaborative writing name of Jack Owen Jardine (1931-2009) and Julie Ann Jardine (1926-2012), who were married from 1958 to 1968; the name was taken from her stage name, Corrie Howard. The Sword of Lankor (1966), in which natives of a high-Gravity planet unknowingly extract valuable crystals for genially manipulative spacefarers, is swashbuckling. In The Mind Monsters (1966 dos) a crash-landed Terran takes over a peculiar Alien planet. Jack Owen Jardine's solo sf was written as by Larry ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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