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Transformers

Film (2007). DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures in association with Hasbro present a Di Bonaventura Pictures production. Directed by Michael Bay. Written by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman. Cast includes Josh Duhamel, Megan Fox, Tyrese Gibson, Shia LaBoeuf, Rachael Taylor, John Turturro and Jon Voight. 144 minutes. Colour. / A teenager's coming-of-age first car turns out to be part of a secret team of Shapeshifting sentient Robots whose home planet's war has followed them to Earth; ...

Radcliffe, Garnett

(1898-1971) UK author of occasional sf, who also wrote detective thrillers as by Stephen Travers; of sf interest is the title novella of The Return of the Ceteosaurus, and Other Tales (coll 1926), which pits a huge saurian (see Dinosaurs) against a Death Ray. The Great Orme Terror (1934) is a crime thriller whose Villains deploy murderous Robots. The ocean liner threatened by a resident ape (see Apes as Human) in In the Grip of the Brute (1937) has some of the lineaments of the Ship of Fools. ...

Langford, George

(1876-1964) US industrialist, amateur palaeontologist and author of several Prehistoric SF tales for juvenile readers (see Children's SF), beginning with the two Pic the Weapon-Maker tales, Pic the Weapon-Maker (1920) and Kutnar, Son of Pic (1921), set 25,000 years ago and featuring what may be Telepathic rapport with mammoths; Senrac, the Lion Man: Adventures of a Boy in the Stone Age (1954) touches fairly closely upon some Tarzan tropes in its depiction of the raising of a feral human boy and ...

Faster Than Light

According to Special Relativity the velocity of light is limiting: no matter how objects alter their velocity relative to one another, the sum of their velocities can never exceed the ultimate constant c (the velocity of light in a vacuum); moreover, the measurement of c is unaffected by the velocity of the measurer. The apparently paradoxical implications of this statement are avoided because objects travelling at high velocities relative to one another are subject to different frames of ...

Newte, Horace

(1870-1949) UK author and controversialist on political matters whose The Master Beast: Being a True Account of the Ruthless Tyranny Inflicted on the British People by Socialism, A.D. 1888-2020 (1907; vt The Red Fury: Britain Under Bolshevism 1919) lives fully up to its subtitle, telling of a young socialist at the turn of the twentieth century who first experiences a German Invasion of a Britain whose socialist government has left it unprepared; then, after awakening (see Sleeper Awakes) from ...

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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