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Made-for-tv film (1987). Newland/Raynor Productions for CBS-TV. Directed by Michael Schultz. Produced by Charles W Fries, Richard Maynard and John Newland. Screenplay by Brian Clemens, based on the unpublished novel The Tintype by Ray Brown. Cast includes John Considine, William Devane, Lauren Hutton and Klaus Kinski. 100 minutes. Colour. / After his wife and children die in an automobile accident, history professor Scott McKenzie (Devane) distracts himself with his interest in Old American ...

Jupiter Ascending

Film (2015). Warner Bros/Village Roadshow Pictures/Dune Entertainment. Directed and written by Andy (now Lilly) Wachowski and Lana Wachowski. Cast includes Sean Bean, Douglas Booth, Mila Kunis, Tuppence Middleton, Eddie Redmayne, Channing Tatum. 127 minutes. Colour. / As well as an abundance of pleasurable visuals, and a sense that some of the shout-outs to both written and filmed sf are meant to draw a smile, there are moments in Jupiter Ascending when its makers seem to be aware of the ...

Dick, Philip K

(1928-1982) US author, one of the most important figures in twentieth-century Genre SF and an author of general significance. He is a figure who helps define by contrast those identified in this Encyclopedia as Mainstream Writers of SF: writers, that is, whose comprehension of the significant literatures of the last century has sometimes seemed less than full. An author like Thomas Pynchon, who is not described in this encyclopedia as mainstream, will understand what he owes Dick; a mainstream ...

Bramson, Karen

(1875-1936) Danish playwright and author, in France from about 1914; she is of some sf interest for Dr Morel (1906; trans David Stanley Adler as The Case of Dr Morel 1926), a Feminist involving the very Near Future machinations of the eponymous physician, who commits euthanasia on women he deems unsuitable, in particular a young woman he deems oversensitized by her creative ability. [JC]

Harrison, T Milner

(1865-1917) Canadian entrepreneur, almost certainly in Hawaii in 1897 where a Thomas Milner Harrison was involved in a firm engaged in selling the Hagey Gold Cure in Hawaii and the South Pacific, an enterprise which dissolved in litigation in 1902. As an author, he published one Lost World tale, Modern Arms and a Feudal Throne: The Romantic Story of an Unexplored Sea (1904), which moves from Hawaii to the South Pacific, where a great storm plummets the adventurous protagonists into an aquatic ...

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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