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Vanilla Sky

Film (2001). Paramount pictures presents a Cruise-Wagner/Vinyl Films production in association with Sogecine/Summit Entertainment/Artisan Entertainment. Written and directed by Cameron Crowe. Based on Abre Los Ojos (1997) by Alejandro Amenábar & Mateo Gil. Cast includes Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Jason Lee, Kurt Russell, Timothy Spall and Noah Taylor. 136 minutes. Colour. / A playboy's world comes apart at the ...

Wonder Woman

Dark-haired US Comic-book Superhero – the first female example of major and lasting importance (but see Miss Fury for discussion of earlier candidates). Dressed in star-spangled blue shorts and a low-cut, strapless red top with a gold eagle motif, red high-heeled boots and a gold tiara, she also wears gold, bullet-deflecting bracelets which, if chained together by a man, become "bracelets of ...

Whiting, Sydney

(1820/1821-1875) UK barrister, poet and author whose Memoirs of a Stomach: Written by Himself, That All Who Eat May Read (1853; rev 1853; further rev 1855) as by "The Minister of the Interior", though seemingly spoofish, articulates issues of the relationship between imperial mind and digestive body in mid-nineteenth-century terms. Of more sf interest is Heliondé; Or, Adventures in the Sun (1854; rev 1855), whose protagonist, conveniently ...

Klages, Ellen

(1954-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with Time Gypsy (in Bending the Landscape: Science Fiction, anth 1998, edited by Nicola Griffith and Stephen Pagel; 2003 chap), a Time Travel tale, though most of her subsequent work has gained recognition as innovative fantasy: "Basement Magic" (May 2003 F&SF) won a ...

Pratt, Ambrose

(1874-1944) Australian lawyer and author, in UK circa 1898-1905 where he began to publish stories and novels. Tales of interest include The Great "Push" Experiment (1902), in which a Sydney gang transforms its patch into an enclosed Utopia; Vigorous Daunt: Billionaire (1905), in which the English working class is saved from starvation; The Living Mummy (1910), where archaeologists in Egypt discover a mummy in ...

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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