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Curran, Kim

(?   -    ) Irish advertising copywriter and author of a Young Adult series, the Scott Tyler sequence comprising Shift (2012), Control (2013) and Delete (2014), set in an Alternate World version of London where Shifting – an apparent Psi Power – allows teenagers to alter the effects of past decisions, though under the strict control of a government agency known as ARES. As Shifters lose their ability after adolescence, the series unsurprisingly ...

Planète Sauvage, La

Animated film (1973; vt Fantastic Planet). Les Films Armorial/ORTF/Filmové studio Barrandov. Directed by René Laloux. Scenario and dialogue by Roland Topor (1938-1997) and Laloux, based on Oms en série ["Oms by the Dozen"] (1957) by Stefan Wul. Original artwork by Topor. 72 minutes. Colour. / The plot of this French/Czech coproduction is not original. Human beings on a distant planet are kept as pets by a race of blue, humanoid giants (see Great and Small), but finally ...

Garn, Jake

Working name of US politician and author Edwin Jacob Garn (1932-    ), a Republican, US Senator for Utah 1974-1993. During his tenure, he flew on the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1985, the first sitting member of the US Congress to engage personally in Space Flight. His sf novel, Night Launch (1989) with Stephen Paul Cohen of the Brookings Institute, posits a Near Future neo-Nazi terrorist takeover of the Discovery, but justice triumphs. [JC]


Film (2001). Millennium Films Inc/Artisan Entertainment/777 Films Corporation. Directed by Ringo Lam. Written by Lawrence David Riggins and Les Weldon. Cast includes Michael Rooker and Jean-Claude Van Damme. 96 minutes. Colour. / A sadistic thriller with sf trappings, Replicant stars Van Damme – a renowned performer in martial-arts films – in a dual role as a woman-loathing serial killer and a "replicant" (see Clones) made from his DNA. A retired police officer (Rooker) uses the ...

Soukup, Martha

(1959-    ) US author whose work, beginning with "Dress Rehearsal" for Universe 16 (anth 1986) edited by Terry Carr, has been restricted to short stories, and who has published several stories whose surface clarity conceals taxingly insistent examinations of readerly assumptions. Soukup won a Nebula Award for Best Story for "A Defense of the Social Contracts" (September 1993 Science Fiction Age), a Satire where everyone is required to state their sexual/family preferences in ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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