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Alien Nation

1. Film (1988). Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by Graham Baker. Produced by Gale Anne Hurd, Richard Kobritz. Written by Rockne S O'Bannon. Cast includes James Caan, Mandy Patinkin and Terence Stamp. 90 minutes. Colour. / Los Angeles (see California), 1991. The Newcomers, or "Slags", are 300,000 humanoid Aliens, Genetically Engineered for hard labour, survivors of a crashlanded slave Spaceship, grudgingly accepted but disliked by humans (see Race in SF), and ghettoized in the inner city. ...

Windsor-Smith, Barry

(1949-    ) UK Comics writer and illustrator, artist, publisher and author of graphic novels, active from around 1967, mostly in USA from 1971; for some time he worked under his birth name, Barry Smith, and became well-known under that name for various assignments with Marvel Comics, including adaptations of Conan the Conqueror tales and other works by Robert E Howard. His often-interrupted career in comics was marked from the first by a campaign against the invidious ...

Gattaca

Film (1997). Columbia Pictures presents a Jersey Films production. Written and directed by Andrew Niccol. Cast includes Loren Dean, Ethan Hawke, Jude Law, Uma Thurman and Gore Vidal. 106 minutes. Colour. / In a future where Genetic Engineering allows children to be optimized at conception and Eugenic DNA screening is routine in elite employment, a naturally conceived untouchable (Hawke) colludes with a crippled genetic patrician to fake his identity and win a place in the space programme, ...

Tilton, Lois

(1946-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "In the Service of Evil" in Bringing Down the Moon: 15 Tales of Fantasy and Terror (anth 1985) edited by Jani Anderson; most of her subsequent work has been fantasy or horror, though some of her short stories are sf, like "Pericles the Tyrant" (October 2005 Asimov's), an Alternate History which won a 2005 Sidewise Award. Tilton's first novel, Vampire Winter (1990), carries her narrative of Vampire life ...

Transportation

Sf stories based on serious speculations about future means of transportation are greatly outnumbered by stories in which those means function as facilitating devices – i.e., as convenient ways of shifting characters into an alien environment. Inevitably, the same kinds of machines crop up in both categories of story because stories of the second kind borrow heavily from those of the first. Spaceships have been employed by sf writers almost exclusively as a literary device; few stories ...

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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