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What's So Bad about Feeling Good?

Film (1968). Universal Pictures. Produced and directed by George Seaton. Written by Robert Pirosh and Seaton, based on I Am Thinking of My Darling: An Adventure Story (1943) by Vincent McHugh. Cast includes Jeanne Arnold, Dom DeLuise, Mary Tyler Moore, George Peppard, Susan Saint James, Gillian Spencer and Don Stroud. 94 minutes. Colour. / Artist Pete (Peppard) is living in a commune loft in New York with his girlfriend Liz (Moore) and several others, all unhappy and feeling they have no ...

Hunger Games, The

Film (2012). Lionsgate/Color Force. Directed by Gary Ross. Written by Ross, Suzanne Collins and Billy Ray. Cast includes Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Jennifer Lawrence and Donald Sutherland. 142 minutes. Colour. / Immensely popular adaptation of Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games (2008), first novel of her immensely popular Young Adult series The Hunger Games. In the story of a teenage deathmatch there are obvious parallels to Battle Royale (2000) but Collins adds reality Television and ...

Halo: Combat Evolved

Videogame (2001). Bungie Studios (BS). Designed by John Howard. Platforms: XBox (2001); Mac, Win (2003); rev vt Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary XB360 (2011). / Halo: Combat Evolved is a First Person Shooter, with a linear plot (see Interactive Narrative) which owes much to such sf action films as Aliens (1986). The player takes the role of the "Master Chief", a biologically enhanced chief petty officer wearing Powered Armour. In the future of the Halo series, humanity is fighting a losing ...

Lafferty, Mur

Working name of US podcaster, journalist and author Mary Lafferty (1973-    ), active in the former capacity from around 2004; after audio release of some fiction, she began publishing work of genre interest with "Rex the Dog" in Murky Depths for June 2008. The issuing of her first novel, Playing for Keeps (2008), marks her sophisticated use of contemporary media: the tale was first published as an audio book, then as an ebook, then in print form: the narrative itself is a ...

Gardner, Gilson

(1869-1935) US author of A New Robinson Crusoe: A New Version of his Life and Adventures, With an Explanatory Note (1920), an updating of various Robinsonade tropes; the protagonist is becomes a castaway due to a plane crash; there are hints of Inventions in the air, which edge the text into sf. [JC]

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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