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Reign of Fire

Film (2002). Touchstone Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company), Spyglass Entertainment. Directed by Rob Bowman. Written by Gregg Chabot, Kevin Peterka, Matt Greenberg from a story by Chabot and Peterka. Cast includes Christian Bale, Gerard Butler, Matthew McConaughey, Scott James Moutter and Izabella Scorupco. 102 minutes. Colour. / Underground works in Near Future London wake a long dormant dragon, and soon the world is swarming with them. Twenty years later the Monsters have hunted humans ...

Janáček, Leoš

(1854-1928) Czech composer. His four-act opera Výlet pana Broučka do XV. stolet a do Měsíce ["The Excursions of Mr. Brouček to the Moon and to the 15th Century "] (1920) is as jaunty and unrealistic a piece of sf as its title suggests. Janáček's opera Věc Makropulos (1926, translated into English variously as "The Makropulos Affair" and "The Makropulos Case") adapts Karel Čapek's novel Věc Makropulos (1922) about a Scientist creating an ...

2000 Plus

US Radio series (1950-1952; vt 2000+; vt Two Thousand Plus). Created by Sherman H Dryer (1913-1989) for the Mutual Broadcasting System. Produced by Robert Weenolsen (1900-1979). Written by Dryer and Weenolsen. Announcer: Ken Marvin. Uncertain number of 30-minute episodes. Perhaps 100 instalments were produced; 32 are known to have survived. / This may have been the first US adult sf Radio drama anthology series, debuting one month ahead of its better-known contemporary Dimension X ...

Stabenow, Dana

(1952-    ) US author now best known for a nonfantastic private-investigator series, the Kate Shugak sequence set in the author's native Alaska. Her first fiction, however, was sf: the Star Svensdotter sequence comprising Second Star (1991), A Handful of Stars (1991) and Red Planet Run (1995), which describes the fraught Near Future expansion of Homo sapiens starwards, thwarted by hidebound militarism and bureaucrats. The initial venue is a Space Habitat whose administrator, ...

Wellman, Wade

(1937-2018) US author, son of Manly Wade Wellman, who began to publish work of genre interest with the two poems " A Ballad of Despair" and "On the Staircase" in Fire and Sleet and Candlelight (anth 1961) edited by August Derleth. He collaborated with his father on the short stories – beginning with "The Adventure of the Martian Client" (December 1969 F&SF) – assembled as Sherlock Holmes's War of the Worlds (coll of linked stories 1975; vt The Further Adventures of Sherlock ...

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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