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Russian film (1979). Mosfilm. Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. Production design Tarkovsky. Written by Arkady and Boris Strugatski, based on their Roadside Picnic (1972; trans 1977). Cast includes Nikolai Grinko, Aleksandr Kaidanovsky and Anatoli Solonitsyn. 161 minutes. Black and white and colour. / The original novel tells of a mysterious Zone in Canada where enigmatic artefacts can be found, left there like picnic litter by aliens. Tarkovsky's somewhat inaccessible film, set in a desolate, ...


Videogame (2007). Crytek. Designed by Cevat Yerli, Sten Huebler, Christopher Auty, Bernd Diemer. Platforms: Win. / Crysis is, in essence, a game about enablement. The player adopts the role of a Near Future US Delta Force operative equipped with a suit of armour powered by Nanotechnology, or "nanosuit". As in Starsoldier (1977) (see Starforce: Alpha Centauri), the Powered Armour suit has a limited amount of energy which can be employed in various ways, in this case to resist damage, provide ...

Bagnall, R D

(1945-    ) UK research chemist, in which field he has published several papers; his one work of fiction, The Fourth Connection (coll of linked stories 1975), presents a series of dramatized speculations on the fourth Dimension, and describes the scientific community's response to the challenges opened up. [JC]

Brown, Erik J

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel, the Young Adult All That's Left in the World (2022), describes the romance between two young men who have survived the planetary Disaster of a savage Pandemic, and upon their meeting in a cabin in the forest must learn how to live in the new world (see Survivalist Fiction). [JC]

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

1. Film (1932). Paramount. Produced and directed by Rouben Mamoulian. Written by Samuel Hoffenstein, Percy Heath, based on Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886) by Robert Louis Stevenson. Cast includes Rose Hobart, Miriam Hopkins and Fredric March. 98 minutes, cut to 90 minutes, cut to 81 minutes. Black and white. / While Stevenson's suggestion is that civilization may be only skin-deep, his tale of a decent, prim society doctor, Dr Jekyll, who transforms himself with a new Drug ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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