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Animated film (2009). Pixar/Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Pete Docter. Written by Bob Peterson and Docter, based on a story by Docter, Peterson and Thomas McCarthy. Cast includes Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai and Christopher Plummer. 93 minutes. Colour. / A Lost World adventure with Steampunk flourishes, Up is most notable for containing two of the most effective tear-jerking scenes in cinema history. The first of these takes place at the outset of the film in an unforgettable montage that ...

Royer, Amber

(?   -    ) US teacher, librarian and author, who is of sf interest for her Chocoverse sequence beginning with the spoofish Free Chocolate (2018), based on the morally untasty premise that, in the very distant Near Future, planet Earth's only saleable resource in the galaxy will be chocolate, and that trade in pure uncut cocoa will be on the lines of the kind of drug cartels familiar in the twenty-first century. The protagonist Bo(­dacious) is spunky, ...

2001: A Space Odyssey [comics]

1. US oversized tabloid-format perfect-bound Comics publication. Publisher: Marvel Comics. Editor: Jack Kirby. One issue dated 1976. / This "treasury edition" comics adaptation of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) was part of the deal which led to Jack Kirby's brief return to Marvel Comics in the mid-1970s. Though generally faithful to the film, Kirby made some alterations, for example giving the Computer Hal 9000 lines of dialogue from an earlier version of the script; some additional dialogue ...

Jeter, K W

(1950-    ) US author of importance as an author of horror novels, the highly charged claustrophobia of his style fitting the essential affect of that genre rather better than it does sf. His early work, generally conceived in sf terms, gives off an air of hectic congestion which sometimes interferes with the presentation of ideas, with the cognitively unencumbered articulation of some barrier through which the story (and its protagonists) penetrate; for him, as for most ...

Eldridge, Roger

(1944-2007) UK journalist, scriptwriter, editor, photo agency executive and author whose first sf book, for Young Adult readers, was The Shadow of the Gloom-World (1977), set in a Pocket Universe located Underground in a Post-Holocaust future, and featuring a winningly rebellious young protagonist. His second, The Fishers of Darksea (1982), is an ambitious adult tale set in an Eskimo culture with a tradition of shamanism; the visions endured by the protagonist are ironically revealed to be ...

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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