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Planet 51

Spanish/UK/American animated film (2009). Ilion Animation Studios (Madrid) and HandMade Films. Directed by Jorge Blanco, Javier Abad and Marcos Martinez. Written by Joe Stillman, based on an original idea by Abad, Blanco, Martinez and Ignacio Perez Dolset. Cast includes Dwayne Johnson, Justin Long and Seann William Scott. 86 minutes. Colour. / A Spanish homage to Fifties America with an inverted Invasion in which humans are the Aliens: the Bug-Eyed Monsters of Planet 51 live idyllic lives ...

Kunstler, James Howard

(1948-    ) US journalist, cultural historian and author who may be best known for nonfiction studies of the contemporary American urban and suburban like The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape (1994), where he argues that suburbia is not only an inhumanely dysfunctional habitat, grotesquely and fatally dependent on the automobile to survive at all, even in the short term. A later study, The Long Emergency: Surviving the Converging ...

Barrett, Neal, Jr

(1929-2014) US author who worked extensively under his own name, and also as Victor Appleton, Chad Calhoun, Franklin W Dixon (a Stratemeyer House Name), Rebecca Drury and J D Hardin. He began publishing sf with "To Tell the Truth" for Galaxy in August 1960 and contributed with some regularity to the SF Magazines, much of this early material being assembled in A Different Vintage (coll 2001), though he never published prolifically in shorter forms. Some of his later tales, like "Hero" (September ...

Helmreich, Joseph

(1983-    ) US journalist, illustrator, voice-over actor, singer and author whose first novel, The Return (2017), ambitiously conflates a wide range of sf topoi – First Contact; Invasions; Secret Masters; Time Travel; UFO abductions – into a tale that shifts from the Young Adult preoccupations of one of its protagonists to a Cosmological climax reminiscent, except for the Sex, of A E van Vogt. [JC]

Intelligence Officer, The

Pseudonym of UK military officer, war correspondent (from 1894) and author Lionel James (1871-1955), of whose work The Boy Galloper (1903) as by The Intelligence Officer is a Future War story for Young Adult readers in which, reassuringly, Great Britain does not fail to come through victorious. [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 and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...



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