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Escape from LA

Film (1996). Paramount Pictures in association with Rysher Entertainment. Directed by John Carpenter. Written by Carpenter, Debra Hill, & Russell, based on characters by Carpenter & Nick Castle. Cast includes Steve Buscemi, Bruce Campbell, Peter Fonda, Valeria Golino, Pam Grier, Stacy Keach, Cliff Robertson and Kurt Russell. 101 minutes. Colour. / Sixteen years after the events of Escape from New York (1981), the US is a morally totalitarian police state which deports its ...

Gingrich, Newt

Working name of US politician and author Newton Leroy Gingrich (1943-    ), Speaker of the House of Representatives 1995-1999, contender in the run-ups to the American presidential election fo 2012, of interest here for his collaborations with William R Forstchen, beginning with 1945 (1995), a Hitler Wins tale in which Germany confronts America after its 1945 victory in Europe; and continuing with the Gettysburg trilogy comprising Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War (2003), ...

He Ma

(?   -    ) Pseudonym of a reclusive Chinese entrepreneur and author of Pulp fiction whose Tibet Code series, presented in 75 chapters over ten volumes, has made him one of the wealthiest authors in China. Originally drafted as "The Last Temple", it was retitled by a publisher with a desire to recall the historical conspiracies of Dan Brown. Zangdi Mima "The Tibet Code" (2008) involves a modern expert on dogs in a convoluted plot, as an initial search for the ...

Linaker, Michael R

(1940-    ) UK author of the Cade series of Near Future police procedurals, beginning with Cade #1: Darksiders (1992) as Mike Linaker; the tales are set primarily in New York, though Cade and his Cyborg sidekick find their investigations taking them to an asteroid mining colony in the first instalment. The earlier Scorpion series comprises horror tales featuring mutated Monster scorpions. [JC]

3-D Monsters

Letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine. Published by Myron Fass as Fair Publishing Limited. No editor named. One undated issue, 1964. / This unusual publication featured ten pages of rather blurry 3-D photographs and a bound-in pair of three-dimensional spectacles. Other content consisted of conventional photographs and short, uncredited articles on various Horror films and Monster Movies of the period. 3-D Monsters is of some historical interest as apparently being the first US ...

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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