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Sweterlitsch, Tom

(?   -    ) US author who also signs his name Thomas Sweterlitsch; he began to publish work of genre interest with "The Disposable Man" in Something Wicked SF and Horror Magazine for February 2012, a Satire on post 9/11 American Politics. Tomorrow and Tomorrow (2015) is set mostly in a Virtual Reality Keep embedded in the Near Future ruins of Pittsburgh, which has been destroyed by an unknown Disaster; the tale focuses on its protagonist's noirish search to ...

Brautigan, Richard

(1935-1984) US author and poet, known primarily for his work outside the sf field. Most of his whimsically surreal fiction – like A Confederate General from Big Sur (1964) or Trout Fishing in America (1967) – lies on the borderline of Fantasy, but does not pass over. In Watermelon Sugar (1968), set in an indeterminate hippie-pastoral setting, echoes the Post-Holocaust novels of conventional sf. The Hawkline Monster: A Gothic Western (1974), which is sf, plays amusingly with the ...


Film (2010). Warner Brothers Pictures in association with Legendary Pictures and Syncopy. Written and directed by Christopher Nolan. Cast includes Michael Caine, Marion Cotillard, Leonardo di Caprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Ellen Page and Ken Watanabe. 143 minutes. Colour. / Preposterous but sensationally successful inner-space heist movie about a team of Dream-Hacking psychological operatives headquartered in Los Angeles (see California), where they are engaged to ...

Haibane Renmei

Japanese animated tv series (2002). Radix. Based on the Manga by Yoshitoshi Abe. Directed by Tomokazu Tokoro. Written by Yoshitoshi Abe. Voice cast includes Ryō Hirohashi, Junko Noda, Tamio Ōki and Akiko Yajima. 13 25-minute episodes. Colour. / A girl dreams of falling whilst a crow tries to prevent her descent. Meanwhile, cigarette-smoking Reki (Noda), wearing a halo and small pair of wings, discovers a giant cocoon in a storeroom. Eventually it hatches, releasing the dreamer. ...

Lost Horizon

1. Film (1937). Columbia. Directed by Frank Capra. Written by Robert Riskin, based on Lost Horizon (1933) by James Hilton. Cast includes Ronald Colman, Edward Everett Horton, Sam Jaffe, Thomas Mitchell, H B Warner and Jane Wyatt. 133 minutes, cut to 118 minutes, then to 109 minutes; but 128 minute print (some lost footage being represented by stills) available from 2000. Black and white. / In this memorably sentimental, deft, trite, compellingly dreamlike, enormously popular ...

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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