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Film (1994). Le Studio Canal+ (US) Centropolis Film in association with Carolco. Executive producer Mario Kassar. Directed by Roland Emmerich. Written by Dean Devlin & Emmerich. Cast includes Mili Avital, Alexis Cruz, Jaye Davidson, Viveca Lindfors, Kurt Russell and James Spader. 121 minutes. Colour. / Entertaining, spectacular, big-budget ($55 million, 1900 extras) Science-Fantasy epic, designed to appeal to a similar audience to those of Steven Spielberg's first three Indiana Jones ...

Meade, L T

Working name of UK author Elizabeth Thomasina Meade Smith (1844-1914), now best remembered for her numerous and sometimes inventive books for girls, but some of whose romances of detection and sedition are of sf interest, though the sometimes-cited John Bell sequence – assembled as A Master of Mysteries (coll of linked stories June-November 1897 Cassell's Magazine; 1898) with Robert Eustace – is not, as the mysteries are invariably rationalized in nonfantastic terms. The volume is ...

Taylor, Ray Ward

(1908-1987) US author of a Cold War Technothriller, Doomsday Square (1966), about an arms race to develop a doomsday weapon to succeed the nuclear bomb; as usual in stories of this vintage, America develops the weapon wisely but traitors give away the secret the enemy. [JC]

O'Leary, Patrick

(1952-    ) US author whose studiously Equipoisal first novel, Door Number Three (1995), much expands the 1990s American venue of its beginning: a therapist is the inventor of a Time Machine and brings back knowledge of Earth's grim Post-Holocaust Near Future whose main inhabitants seem to be a new race – possibly Mutants generated through intense radioactivity – who function primarily as dream-eaters, their choicest source of nourishment being humans traded them ...

Farmer, Richard N

(1928-1987) US academic – Professor in the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University – and author of Islandia Revisited (1983), a Sequel by Other Hands to Austin Tappan Wright's Islandia (1942); the visit to Islandia takes place during World War Two. [JC]

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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