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Countdown: The Sky's on Fire

Made-for-tv movie (1998). OTL Productions Incorporated. Directed by Dan Lerner. Written by Roderick Taylor, Bruce Taylor, Gar Anthony Hayward, based on Fatal Exposure (1991) by Michael Tobias. Cast includes Josie Bissett, Ben Browder, John Corbett, Tom Irwin and Bradley Whitford. 89 minutes. Colour. / A painfully low-budget Disaster movie, Countdown: The Sky's on Fire has little to distinguish it except its lurid title. A hole in the ozone layer above the Pacific threatens to burn to death ...

Killiany, Kevin

(?   -    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with a tale Tied to the Star Trek universe, "Personal Log" in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds IV (anth 2001) ed Dean Wesley Smith, John J Ordover and Paula M Block; his two Ties to the MechWarrior subdivision of the Battletech game universe are MechWarrior: Dark Age: Wolf Hunters (2006) and MechWarrior: Dark Age: To Ride the Chimera (2008). [JC]

Sologub, Fyodor

Pseudonym of Russian poet and author Fyodor Kuz'mich Teternikov (1863-1927), who remains best known for his second novel, Melkii bes (1905 Voprosy zhizhi; 1907; trans John Cournos and Richard Aldington as The Little Demon 1916; new trans Andrew Field as The Petty Demon 1962); the title refers to a nearly supernatural apotheosis of numbing mediocrity, mercilessly depicted, which devours the schoolteacher protagonist, generating an intense physical Paranoia that manifests as a kind of ghost. A ...

MacAuley, Robie

(1919-1995) US author, active as a non-genre story writer from 1947 but almost certainly best known for his first novel, The Disguises of Love (1952). His second, A Secret History of Time to Come (1979), which is sf (see Mainstream Writers of SF), describes in quasi-pastoral terms a balkanized America (see Ruined Earth) some centuries after race conflicts had instigated World War Three; various Ruins-and-Futurity and cultural Amnesia tropes are evoked in a proliferation of overgrown, ...

Kepler, Johannes

(1571-1630) German astronomer, one-time assistant to Tycho Brahe (1546-1601) and later imperial mathematician and astrologer to the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolph II. Kepler's contribution to Astronomy – most notably his three laws of planetary motion – provided vital groundwork for Newton's cosmological synthesis. In 1593 he prepared a dissertation on the heliocentric theory, which explained how events in the heavens would be seen by an observer stationed on the Moon; a new draft, in ...

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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