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Spider-Man 3

Film (2007). Columbia Pictures presents a Marvel Studios/Laura Ziskin production. Directed by Sam Raimi. Written by Sam & Ivan Raimi and Alvin Sargent; story by Raimi & Raimi, based on the Marvel Comic by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Cast includes Elizabeth Banks, Thomas Haden Church, James Cromwell, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Topher Grace, Rosemary Harris, Bryce Dallas Howard, Tobey Maguire and J K Simmons. 139 minutes. Colour. / After the languid and lachrymose Spider-Man 2, this ...

Smith, Nicholas Sansbury

(1983-    ) US author whose several series have generally focused on Near Future Holocausts and/or Disasters, the first of these being the Orbs sequence beginning with Orbs (2013), where it is decided that Ecologically ravished Earth must be abandoned, but the overnight wiping-out by Aliens of almost every human being (see Last Man) puts paid to the scheme to settle Mars. In the Extinction Cycle beginning with Extinction Horizon (2014), a crack military team (see Military ...

Hanley, James

(1901-1985) Irish author, in the UK from around 1908, whose prolific output – beginning with Drift (1930) – focused on raw tales of life at sea, and upon sometimes grim novels about working-class life in Britain, a savagery of address almost certainly effected in part through his long immersion in World War One; he enlisted early, was gassed and invalidated out of the army, and returned to war work as a stoker on ships carrying troops. Boy (1932), about sexual violence inflicted on ...

Breuer, Miles J

(1889-1945) US physician and author of Czech origin who studied in Austin, Texas and Chicago, Illinois, served in the US Medical Corps in World War One, and spent the majority of his life as a medical doctor in Nebraska. He began publishing work of genre interest with "The Adventures of the Bronze Mahadeva" for 10 Story Book in 1909, an early Pulp magazine. In the following two decades he published at least a dozen short stories, half of them sf. His early English-language stories were ...

Fantastic Adventures Yearbook

One of the many reprint Digest-size magazines issued by Sol Cohen's Ultimate Publishing Co, which in 1965 had bought rights to the Ziff-Davis sf magazines. Its only issue, containing stories reprinted from Fantastic Adventures 1949-1952, was released in 1970. [BS/PN] links / Galactic Central illustrated checklist

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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