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Film (1989; vt Tetsuo: The Iron Man) Produced, directed, written, art directed, special effects, co-photographed by Shinya Tsukamoto, who also plays one of the two leading roles; also starring Tomorah Taguchi and Kei Fujiwara. 67 minutes. Black and white. / A metal fetishist (Tsukamoto) is hurt in a hit and run car accident; the driver of the car, a conservative office worker (Taguchi), notices a metal splinter growing out of his cheek the next day. As time passes his body metamorphoses ...

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Film (2016). Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company) presents a Lucasfilm production. Directed by Gareth Edwards. Written by Tony Gilroy, John Knoll, Chris Weitz and Gary Whitta, based on characters created by George Lucas. Cast includes Riz Ahmed, Peter Cushing, Ingvild Deila, Carrie Fisher, Felicity Jones, James Earl Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelsen, Wayne Pygram, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker and Donnie Yen. 133 minutes. Colour. / A ...

Reit, Seymour

(1918-2001) US author, well known for having sold to Paramount Studios for $200 all rights to his unpublished story, "The Friendly Ghost"; the Caspar the Friendly Ghost cartoon series made vast sums for its owners. Much of his work, in various genres, fiction and nonfiction, was written for younger children and latterly for the Young Adult market. In Benvenuto (1974), one of his rare fantasies, a boy brings home a dragon (see Supernatural Creatures) from summer camp. His Ties for the Time ...

Kelso, Sylvia

(1946-    ) Writer, critic, editor and academic based in North Queensland, Australia. She obtained an MA in creative writing from the University of Western Australia with an alternate history novel set in North Queensland and a PhD from James Cook University, where she examined feminism/s' interaction with SF and the Gothic. She is an adjunct lecturer of English at James Cook University, where she has taught English and creative writing, a consulting member of the editorial ...

Maxon, J G

(?   -    ) US author of two unremarkable Technothrillers, Progeny (1989) and Lethal Delivery (1991). [JC]

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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