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Faculty, The

Film (1998). Dimension Films presents a Los Hooligans production. Directed by Robert Rodriguez. Written by Bruce Kimmel, David Wechter and Kevin Williamson. Cast includes Jordana Brewster, Clea DuVall, Laura Harris, Josh Hartnett, Shawn Hatosy, Piper Laurie, Bebe Neuwirth, Robert Patrick and Elijah Wood. 104 minutes. Colour. / Students foil an Invasion of cephalopod-specific parasites centred on their high school faculty in contemporary Ohio. The Aliens first co-opt football coach Joe ...

Givins, Robert C

(1845-1915) Canadian-born real estate developer (including a castle for himself in South Chicago) and author, in US from an early age; his romances were sometimes published as by Snivig C Trebor (his name spelled backwards). His one sf novel, A Thousand Miles an Hour (1913), might stand as a compendium of misunderstood science – examples being the concept of an aeroplane whose vertical screw allows it to remain still while the world turns, and the notion that Gravity stops forty miles up ...

System Shock

Videogame (1994). Looking Glass Studios (LG). Designed by Doug Church. Platforms: DOS (1994); Mac (1995). / System Shock is an early First Person Shooter much influenced by Computer Role Playing Games. It is set in a Cyberpunk world, with gameplay which combines puzzle solution, exploration and combat. Interestingly, the difficulty of the puzzles and the amount of combat can be set before starting the game, allowing players to choose the mix of action and Adventure they prefer. The game ...

Love

Film (2011). High Fliers. Written and directed by William Eubank. Cast includes Bradley Horne, Corey Richardson and Gunner Wright. 80 minutes. Colour. / In 2039 a lone astronaut is posted to the International Space Station after two decades' abandonment, but loses contact with Earth; in the years of isolation that follow he discovers the journal of a Civil War soldier recounting the 1864 discovery of a mysterious artefact in Arizona, which resurfaces to bewildering effect for the climax. / ...

Weil, Ellen R

(1944-2000) US author, also known as Dede Weil, married to Gary K Wolfe from 1997 until her death; Harlan Ellison: The Edge of Forever (2002) with Gary K Wolfe, an informed study of the work of Harlan Ellison, acutely focuses on a small number of indisputably significant stories. [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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