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Starship Troopers

Film (1997). TriStar Pictures and Touchstone Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company) present a Jon Davison production. Directed by Paul Verhoeven. Written by Ed Neumeier based on Starship Troopers (October-November 1959 F&SF as "Starship Soldier"; 1959) by Robert A Heinlein. Cast includes Clancy Brown, Jake Busey, Casper Van Dien, Neil Patrick Harris, Michael Ironside, Dina Meyer and Denise Richards. 129 minutes. Colour. / Starship Troopers the film operates as critique as well as ...

Lindelof, O J S

(1852-1917) US author of A Trip to the North Pole; Or, the Discovery of the Ten Tribes, as Found in the Arctic Ocean (1903), a Lost Race tale in which (as per subtitle) the Lost Tribes of Israel are discovered inhabiting an Archipelago (see also Islands) at the North Pole, where they have become beautiful of countenance and possessed of advanced Technology; beasts out of prehistory are a menace, but are dealt with. The tale is presented as a manuscript discovered in a bottle found afloat near ...

Garland, Alex

(1970-    ) UK screenwriter, Videogame writer, director and author, son of the political cartoonist Nicholas Garland (1935-    ). His first works of interest were fiction, beginning with The Beach (1996), a tale inconclusively understandable as an exercise in implied Fantastika: its protagonists, having been given a map to an unknown Pacific Island, find there a secretive Utopian community, an aliquot sample of Homo sapiens which soon implodes in a ...

Fodor, Ronald V

(1944-    ) US author of a Near Future tale of averted Disaster, Impact! (1979) with G J Taylor, in which a meteor threatens Earth. [JC]

Green, Roger Lancelyn

(1918-1987) UK scholar, critic, translator (from classical Greek) and author, with a special interest in Fantasy, much of his fiction comprising retellings of traditional material for young readers. Tellers of Tales (1948) [for expansions of this title see Checklist below] is an invaluable early companion to this literature. He was a member of the Inklings group. Among his many works those most relevant to sf studies concern his university tutor, C S Lewis: C.S. Lewis (1963) and C.S. Lewis: A ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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