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6th Day, The

Film (2000). Phoenix Pictures presents a Jon Davison production. Directed by Roger Spottiswoode. Written by Cormac Wibberly, Marianne Wibberly. Cast includes Robert Duvall, Tony Goldwyn, Michael Rooker and Arnold Schwarzenegger. 123 minutes. Colour. / In the future, mankind has the Technology to replicate humans physically and mentally, but the process is illegal. Unsurprisingly, certain rich and powerful individuals are nevertheless being cloned (see Clones) in this way, under a programme ...

Miéville, China

(1972-    ) UK author most of whose early work can be understood in terms of Dark Fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] or horror (see Horror in SF), but who has become a central figure in early twenty-first-century Fantastika. Beginning with his first novel, King Rat (1998), his narratives constantly feed upon fierce clashes among genres, but without ever disintegrating into pastiche or Transcendence; he is perhaps the most successful and most muscular ...

De Abaitua, Matthew

(1971-    ) UK editor, journalist and author born Matthew Humphreys, legally changing his surname in early adulthood; active from the end of the nineties, a period marked by contributions to journals and with the nonfantastic "Inbetween" in Disco Biscuits (anth 1999) edited by Sarah Champion. He edited from 2000 to 2009. He is of sf interest for his first two novels, very loosely assembled into the Red Men sequence, connections between independent stories consisting ...

Russell, John Robert

(1927-2007) US author who specialized during his brief career in the Planetary Romance: Cabu (1974) translates a man to a violent new life on the planet Cabu, where he uses his knowledge of human Technology and history to change the world for the better, but instead creates fatal dissensions and War; SAR (1974) similarly takes a saddened view of barbarian life in Space Opera contexts; the planet featured in Ta (1975) boasts sentient plants. [JC]

O'Grady, Standish James

(1846-1928) Irish editor, controversialist and author, whose opinions straddled (and were an irritant to) a large range of opinion about the fate of Ireland. His works of history being unpopular for reason of contentiousness, he created a thematically connected array of novels, beginning with Finn and His Companions (1891) (a tale for children) and The Coming of Cuculain: A Romance of the Heroic Age of Ireland (1894), in all of which the history of Ireland is recast in legendary terms. / ...

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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