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I Am Number Four

Film (2011). DreamWorks SKG and Reliance Big Entertainment present a Bay Films production. Directed by D J Caruso. Written by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar and Marti Noxon, based on the novel by Pittacus Lore. Cast includes Dianna Agron, Callan McAuliffe, Timothy Olyphant, Teresa Palmer and Alex Pettyfer. 109 minutes. Colour. / Optioned with impetuous haste on the basis of an in-progress draft of the novel and rushed into accelerated production in alliance with Michael Bay, this was an ...

New Ceres

Australian Shared World professional Online Magazine published by Twelfth Planet Press, Yokine, Western Australia and produced by Alisa Krasnostein, with just two issues, September 2006 and March 2007. This was an ambitious attempt to create an online world, New Ceres, a long colonized planet that embraced the Age of Enlightenment but had yet to move on (see Colonization of Other Worlds; History in SF). Refugees from a War-wrecked Earth find their way to New Ceres and the stories explore their ...

Atkinson, Kate

(1951-    ) UK author, long resident in Scotland, whose novels have consistently engaged in postmodern plays with fictionality, though not in her early work with any sustained intent at undermining the non-fantastic modes she has occupied, which include the family history and the crime novel. The Jackson Brodie books, featuring a retired detective, very nearly however demolish the claim to realism through their witty recourse to cascades of coincidence and narrative ...

Grabien, Deborah

(1954-    ) US author. Her first novel, Woman of Fire (1988; vt Eyes in the Fire 1989), is fantasy. Her second novel is an historical romance with fantasy elements, the first of several (not listed below) that she has concentrated upon since the 1990s; they take their inspiration from folk ballads. Her third novel, the Post-Holocaust Plainsong (1990), is an unsentimental Pastoral tale about the arrival of a new Messiah in a plague-devastated land irradiated by typological ...

Symons, J H

(1873-1951) UK author, who also wrote as by Maurice Wolmar; some of his fiction is of sf interest. In The Supreme Mystery (1917), a Scientist sends the spirit of a medium into various past eras, upon which, as a kind of Time Viewer, she reports back. The protagonist later sends her into the future as well. The End of the Marriage Vow (1928) also features a Machine capable of projecting an individual into other times, in this case literally. The protagonist finds in the future that Homo sapiens ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...



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