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McGrew, Chandler

(?   -    ) US horror author of The Darkening (2004), whose Post-Holocaust setting mixes that genre and sf (see Equipoise). [JC]

Roeg, Nicolas

(1928-2018) UK director who entered the Cinema industry as an editing apprentice in 1947, rising to cinematographer in 1959 and working in this capacity on (inter alia) the Edgar Allan Poe-based The Masque of the Red Death (1964) directed by Roger Corman and the Ray Bradbury-based Fahrenheit 451 (1966) directed by François Truffaut. He made his debut as director with the non-genre psychological thriller Performance (1970). Psychic flashes (see ESP) feature in his effective suspense movie ...

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Film (2014). Paramount Pictures in association with Hasbro presents a Di Bonaventura Pictures, Tom DeSanto/Don Murphy Production, Ian Bryce Productions and October Pictures production in association with China Movie Channel, Jiaflix Enterprises, Amblin Entertainment and Platinum Dunes. Directed by Michael Bay. Written by Ehren Kruger. Cast includes Peter Cullen, John Goodman, Kelsey Grammer, T J Miller, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Mark Ryan, Stanley Tucci, Mark Wahlberg and Frank Welker. 165 ...

Aelita Award

The most prestigious Russian sf award, founded in 1981 by the Russian Federation Writers' Union and Ural'skii sledopyt ["Urals Pathfinder"] magazine. The latter was published from the city of Ekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk until 1991), so the ceremony is held there as part of the annual Aelita Convention. The winner is chosen by a panel of judges. Although instituted as an award for the best single sf work published in the previous year, it appears to have become in effect a "Life Achievement" ...

Worth, Nigel

Pseudonym of UK navy officer and author Noel Wright (1890-1975), who reached flag rank in the Royal Navy during World War Two, and who is of sf interest for The Arms of Phaedra: A Tale of Wonder and Adventure (1924), a Lost Race tale set in Crete, where ancient Minoans are found to have survived. The Wise Man of Welby (1924) is an adventure tale with fantasy elements. Under his own name, Wright wrote nonfiction, mostly about naval matters. [JC]

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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