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Sputnik

Russian film (2020). Sony Pictures presents an Art Pictures Studio, Hype Film and Vodorod Pictures production in association with Fond kino. Directed by Egor Abramenko. Written by Oleg Malovichko and Andrei Zolotarev. Cast includes Oksana Akinshina, Fyodor Bondarchuk, Pyotr Fyodorov and Anton Vasiliev. 113 minutes. Colour. / A cosmonaut returns from orbit in 1983 with an Alien lifeform inside him (see Parasitism and Symbiosis). / "They have become completely symbiotic: they'll die ...

Farrer, Matthew

(1970-    ) Australian author who also signs as Matt Farrer, most of whose work to date has consisted of contributions to the Warhammer 40,000 Role Playing Game universe, beginning with "Badlands Skelter's Downhive Monster Show" for Inferno! in 1999, and continuing with Warhammer 40,000: Crossfire (2003), which features the continuing character Shira Calpurnia of the Adeptus Arbites, and other similar titles involving the high-ranking Calpurnia's role in a long war against ...

Edelman, Maurice

(1911-1975) Welsh politician, Labour member of Parliament from 1945 to 1975, and author in various genres, whose A Call on Kuprin (1959) sets a strongly conceived drama of Near Future science and politics in Russia; as a play, it had a successful Broadway run in 1961. [JC]

Dooner, Pierton W

(1844-1907) Canadian-born editor and author who immigrated to the USA in 1861. His Near Future tale, Last Days of the Republic (1880), was the first US Yellow Peril novel that could be described in sf terms, and demonstrates the terribly common dynamic by which a guilty party, or nation, feels compelled to transfer its guilt to the victim or victim-nation: in 1880, the year of the book's publication, Chinese coolies had been used for some time as forced labour in California, and in terms of ...

Frewin, Anthony

(1947-    ) UK publisher and author, who also worked for five years as an assistant to the film director Stanley Kubrick. His One Hundred Years of Science Fiction Illustration: 1840-1940 (graph 1974) has a well-chosen selection of sf Illustrations, many – unusually – from the nineteenth century, with a full chapter on Albert Robida. [PN]

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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