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Wharton, Ken

(?   -    ) US physics professor and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Callisto Incident" in The Leading Edge #39 for March 2000. His sf novel is Divine Intervention (2001), set on a human colony world (see Colonization of Other Worlds) which during more than a century of isolation from Earth has adopted an eccentric Religion called Symmology, founded by the less than sane captain of the colonizing Spaceship with himself as Prophet. ...


Film (2015). Columbia Pictures, Media Rights Capital, LStar Capital. Directed by Neill Blomkamp. Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell. Cast includes Jose Pablo Cantillo, Jason Cope, Sharlto Copley, Hugh Jackman, Die Antwoords Ninja, Dev Patel, Yo-Landi Visser, Sigourney Weaver. 120 minutes. Colour. / Chappie is a remake of Neill Blomkamp's twenty-minute short film Tetra Vaal (2004), which was his first release, and expands upon the earlier movie's open channelling of Paul ...

History in SF

The real history of the world and the many Alternate Histories which might have replaced it are extensively featured in sf stories of Time Travel and Parallel Worlds, but sf writers have also drawn much inspiration from history in designing hypothetical futures. Sometimes, like Charles L Harness in Flight into Yesterday (May 1949 Startling; exp 1953; vt The Paradox Men) and James Blish in Cities in Flight (1950-1962 var mags; omni 1970), they have made use of actual theories – from Arnold ...

Futurian War Digest

UK Fanzine (1940-1945), edited from Leeds by J Michael Rosenblum; 39 issues, mimeographed UK quarto, 4pp-20pp, dated from October 1940 to March 1945. / This, though continuing from Rosenblum's The Futurian and its first wartime replacement The Pseudo-Futurian! (four issues June-September 1940), was a separately numbered Newszine of some importance as a central contact point and clearing house for UK Fandom during World War Two. Various other fanzines, and even letters between fans (a ...


1. Magazine. See Yugoslavia. / 2. Australian critical Semiprozine, subtitled "The Australian Magazine for readers of science fiction, fantasy and the macabre". Announced as quarterly but slightly irregular, test issue #0 September 1992, #1 March 1993, seven full issues to March 1995, A4 format, saddle-stapled, edited by Garry Wyatt from Canberra, pub Gaslight Books Publications. Sirius contains critical articles, reviews, movie articles, checklists, annual round-ups, etc., some by academics ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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