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Holy Motors

Film (2012). A Pierre Grise Productions, Théo Films, Pandora Filmproduktion, Arte France Cinéma and WDR / Arte co-production made with the participation of the Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC) and Canal+ and the support of the Media Programme of the European Union and presented in association with Soficinéma 8 and Wild Bunch. Written and directed by Leos Carax. Cast includes Denis Lavant, Kylie Minogue and Édith Scob. 111 minutes. Colour. / A ...

John Carter

Film (2012). Walt Disney Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company). Directed by Andrew Stanton. Written by Stanton & Mark Andrews and Michael Chabon, based on A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs (February-July 1912 All-Story as "Under the Moons of Mars" as by Norman Bean; 1917). Cast includes Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe, Taylor Kitsch, Samantha Morton, Daryl Sabara, Mark Strong and Dominic West. 132 minutes. Colour, 3D (converted). / Civil War veteran Carter (Kitsch) bequeaths Edgar ...

Antimatter

The concept in Physics that forms of matter may exist composed of antiparticles, opposite in all quantum properties to the particles which compose ordinary matter, has a special appeal to sf writers. The idea itself was first formulated by the physicist Paul Dirac (1902-1984) in 1930; the confirmation of the existence of such particles soon followed, with the discovery of the positron (antielectron) in 1932. However, although antiparticles have for many years been routinely created in the ...

Hersey, Harold

(1893-1956) US editor, publisher, short-story author and poet. A man of great energy and relatively little talent, Hersey edited such sf Pulp magazines as Thrill Book, Miracle Science and Fantasy Stories and Mystery Adventures, though most of his editorial work was not sf-related. His early writing, all negligible, appeared under various pseudonyms; but Night (coll 1923), a Poetry collection, has superb artwork by Elliott Dold, and Pulpwood Editor (1937) is an informative (albeit anecdotal) ...

Boyne, John

(1971-    ) Irish author, active from the early 1990s, best known for the essentially nonfantastic Young Adult The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas: A Fable (2006), set in a slightly confabulated Auschwitz (see Holocaust Fiction; World War Two). Some of his other works for young adults and for children unmistakably elicit topoi from Fantastika to convey dramas whose central energies are evoked by domestic trauma, including Noah Barleywater Runs Away (2010), which features a magic ...

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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