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Film (2008). Paramount Pictures presents a Bad Robot production. Directed by Matt Reeves. Written by Drew Goddard. Cast includes Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, T J Miller, Michael Stahl-David, Mike Vogel and Odette Yustman. 85 minutes. Colour. / Found Footage reveals an enormous Monster terrorizing New York. / Three parts Gojira (1954; vt Godzilla, King of the Monsters, 1956) to one part The Blair Witch Project (1999), Cloverfield reframes some of the more familiar tropes of the Monster ...

Cross, Ronald Anthony

(1937-2006) US author who began publishing sf with "The Story of Three Cities" in New Worlds 6 (anth 1973) edited by Michael Moorcock and Charles Platt; the tale's steely moroseness characterizes a good deal of his work in shorter forms, much of it posthumously assembled as The Ronald Anthony Cross Science Fiction & Fantasy Megapack: 20 Great Tales (coll 2019 ebook). His first novel, Prisoners of Paradise (1988), bleakly generates a sense that the Fantasy-Island-type trap it depicts is not ...

Campion, Sarah

Pseudonym of UK-born author Mary Rose Coulton (1906-2002), author of Father: A Portrait of G G Coulton (1948) as by Sarah Campion, an impressive biography of her father, the important medieval scholar who also wrote Friar's Lantern (1906), a Timeslip fantasy. After being expelled from Germany in 1937, where she had been teaching Jewish children, she spent most of her remaining life in Australia and New Zealand; her late novels, set in Australia, are not fantastic. Earlier, as Campion, she wrote ...

Siodmak, Curt

(1902-2000) German author and film director based in Hollywood, whose first name was originally Kurt but was changed to Curt when he left Germany. He began to publish adult stories in Germany in 1924, and continued to write until his death, with a career spanning seventy-six years, one of the longest in sf (see Longevity in Writers). He sold several early sf stories which have yet to be translated, including "Welle Mensch" (February 1926 Scherl's Magazin). His first English-language publication ...

Wandrei, Donald

(1908-1987) US editor and author, founder with August Derleth in 1939 of Arkham House, which they formed initially to publish the work of H P Lovecraft, whom both admired deeply. Wandrei resigned his interest in the firm after World War Two – when he also stopped writing new fiction, though much has been published for the first time in recent years – and after Derleth's death in 1971 he declined to resume it. As a writer he was justifiably best known for his Fantasy and weird ...

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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