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Real Steel

Film (2011). Dreamworks Pictures and Reliance Entertainment present a 21 Laps/Montford Murphy production. Directed by Shawn Levy. Written by John Gatins, Dan Gilroy and Jeremy Leven, based on the short story "Steel" (May 1956 F&SF) by Richard Matheson. Cast includes Hope Davis, Olga Fonda, Dakota Goyo, Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie, James Rebhorn and Karl Yune. 127 minutes. Colour. / A father and son lead a scrapyard Robot to the World Robot Boxing Championship final. / ...

Miller, John J

(1954-2022) US author, who began publishing work of genre interest with "Comes a Hunter" in Wild Cards (anth 1987) edited by George R R Martin, followed shortly by his first Tie, Buck Rogers: First Power Play (1990), part of the Buck Rogers: The Inner Planets Trilogy subseries. He also contributed to the Ray Bradbury Presents sequence [see Checklist below]. His two Shared World novels in the Wild Cards sequence are Wild Cards VII: Dead Man's Hand (1990) with George R R Martin and Melinda ...

Caillou, Alan

Pseudonym of UK-born soldier, actor, screenwriter and author Alan Samuel Lyle-Smythe (1914-2006) who lived and worked in the Middle East, Africa and Canada before moving to the US late in life; he was awarded an MBE (Civil Medal of the Order of the British Empire) in 1938 for his work in Palestine, and an MC (Military Cross) 1944 for his work with partisans in Yugoslavia. As Alan Caillou he wrote adventure thrillers from 1955, and as Alex Webb from 1985. A Caillou novel, Alien Virus (1957), has ...

Gaiman, Neil

(1960-    ) UK journalist, screenwriter and author, in the US from 1992, whose first publications were nonfiction; along with later essays, some of this earlier work has been assembled as The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction (coll 2016). He then specialized in the scripting of fantasy and sf comics and Graphic Novels for a decade from the late 1980s onward, and more recently focused on novels of the fantastic (not including sf); he has also become involved in ...

Heming, Jack

(1899-1987) UK author of a Lost Race tale, The Lost World of the Colorado (1940), whose young protagonists discover, on a high plateau, Monsters who display a weird caprice of Evolution: each of them combining the features of two real species. [JC]

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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