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Real Steel

Film (2011). Dreamworks Pictures and Reliance Entertainment present a 21 Laps/Montford Murphy production. Directed by Shawn Levy. Written by John Gatins, Dan Gilroy and Jeremy Leven, based on the short story "Steel" (May 1956 F&SF) by Richard Matheson. Cast includes Hope Davis, Olga Fonda, Dakota Goyo, Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie, James Rebhorn and Karl Yune. 127 minutes. Colour. / A father and son lead a scrapyard Robot to the World Robot Boxing Championship final. / ...

Tilley, Patrick

(1928-2020) UK author who initially studied art at the University of Durham and worked as a graphic designer 1955-1968, then as a film scriptwriter. His first sf novel, Fade-Out (1975; exp 1977), after the fashion of borderline works like Fail-Safe (13-27 October 1962 Saturday Evening Post; 1962) by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler, concentrates long-windedly on the workings of government and military in a Technothriller context, in this instance displaced sf-wards by the fact that the action ...

Harris, Chuck

Working name of UK author, editor and fan Charles Harris (1927-1999), active throughout the 1950s, when he was a founding editor of Hyphen (which see) and among the founders of OMPA and the TransAtlantic Fan Fund (see Fan Funds). He began to publish fiction with the short-short "Absolutely No Deception" in Slant for Autumn 1950; his one professional sale was the Werewolf story "Omega" (April 1954 Vargo Statten Science Fiction Magazine). These tales are collected in the posthumous Creative ...

Spider-Man 2

Film (2004). Columbia Pictures presents a Marvel Enterprises/Laura Ziskin production. Directed by Sam Raimi. Written by Alvin Sargent, based on the Marvel Comic book by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko. Cast includes Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Tobey Maguire and Alfred Molina. 127 minutes. Colour. / Spider-Man 2, Raimi's idiosyncratic sequel, sees Peter Parker (Maguire) deal with the problems of becoming an adult. Unable to cope with the demands of being a Superhero and of his personal life, Parker ...

Vaux, Patrick

Pseudonym of Scottish author Maclaren Mein (1872-1932), whose fiction under this name comprises nautical adventures such as the non-genre Thews of England (1903); some of these tales are also examples of the Future War genre. The Shock of Battle (1906) delays the outbreak of something like World War One to 1919, with Germany ultimately losing; much of the action takes place around the British Virgin Islands. On more conventional Battle of Dorking lines, When the Eagle Flies Seaward (1907) with ...

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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