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Spider-Man: Far from Home

Film (2019). Marvel Studios, Columbia Pictures, Pascal Pictures. Directed by Jon Watts. Written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, based on the Marvel Comic by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Cast includes Jacob Batalon, Jon Favreau, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tom Holland, Samuel L Jackson, J B Smoove, Cobie Smulders, Martin Starr, Marisa Tomei and Zendaya. 129 minutes. Colour. / Marvel staple Nick Fury (Jackson) investigates attacks from the Earth and Air Elementals which were foiled by Quentin Beck ...

Daikaijū Gamera

Film (1965; vt Gamera). Daiei. Directed by Noriaki Yuasa. Written by Fumi Takahashi. Cast includes Albert Dekker (US version), Brian Donlevy (US version), Diane Findlay (US version), Eiji Funakoshi and Harumi Kiritachi. 88 minutes. Colour. / This was Daiei Studios' answer to the enormously successful Gojira ["Godzilla"] films from Toho Studios. Gamera is a giant prehistoric turtle, restored to life by nuclear testing. It attacks Tokyo, naturally, but is captured and sent into space. The US ...

Wilson, D Harlan

(1971-    ) US author whose first publication, The Kafka Effekt (coll of linked stories 2001), assembles and interlinks a pattern of short narratives, proclaimedly post-modern in their structuring (see Postmodernism and SF), and clearly intended to surrealize the parable abyss of Franz Kafka, while evoking twenty-first century cultural Amnesia and visions of the planetary Media Landscape gone berserk. Stranger on the Loose (coll 2004) and Pseudo-City (coll of linked stories ...


Film (1976). American International Pictures. Directed by Richard T Heffron. Written by Mayo Simon, George Schenck. Cast includes Blythe Danner, Peter Fonda and Arthur Hill. 104 minutes. Colour. / An inferior sequel to Westworld (1973), set in the same theme park, Delos, Futureworld lacks the unity and impact of Michael Crichton's original film. In a newly built area of Delos, devoted to dramatizing the future, there are several diverting scenes irrelevant to the main plot, which is one of ...

Liston, Edward

(1900-1986) UK-born physician, flight surgeon and author, naturalized as a US citizen in 1932; in his Lost Race novel, The Bowl of Night (1948), a flight surgeon crash-lands in the Mexican jungle, where he discovers a Mayan civilization accessible only through passages Underground; the Mayans, though totally out of touch with the outside world, have developed science and Technology to rival the industrial West. [JC]

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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