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6th Day, The

Film (2000). Phoenix Pictures presents a Jon Davison production. Directed by Roger Spottiswoode. Written by Cormac Wibberly, Marianne Wibberly. Cast includes Robert Duvall, Tony Goldwyn, Michael Rooker and Arnold Schwarzenegger. 123 minutes. Colour. / In the future, mankind has the Technology to replicate humans physically and mentally, but the process is illegal. Unsurprisingly, certain rich and powerful individuals are nevertheless being cloned (see ...

Martin, John S

(1900-1977) US editor – a senior figure in Time magazine from 1924 until after World War Two – and author, whose Near Future sf novel, General Manpower (1938), told as a Future History from a twenty-first-century perspective, depicts a world challenged by General Manpower, a corporation founded to develop J Orestes Jones's Invention of procedures based on strict ...

Special Bulletin

Made-for-tv film (1983). NBC. Directed by Edward Zwick. Written by Marshall Herskovitz. Cast includes Christopher Allport, David Clennon, Ed Flanders, David Rasche and Kathryn Walker. 92 minutes. Colour. / An unnervingly effective pseudodocumentary, this presents itself as television coverage of an escalating terrorist crisis in Charleston, where a dissident group of nuclear Scientists and peace activists threatens to set off an atomic bomb in the ...

Hamid, Mohsin

(1971-    ) Pakistani-born author, mainly in US and UK from early childhood, though more recently in Pakistan. He began to publish work of genre interest with "Of Windows and Doors" (14 November 2016 The New Yorker), an excerpt (released well before the book's publication) from his first novel of sf relevance, Exit West (2017), which is set in an unspecified City in an unspecified Near Future ...

Chipman, W P

(1854-1937) US author of stories for Boys' Papers; his sf tale of some routine interest is An Aerial Runaway: The Balloon Adventures of Rod & Tod in North & South America (1901) with C P Chipman, who was his son. [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 ...

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