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There is a long sf tradition, often tinged with Satire, of speculation about future advertising. Rudyard Kipling's With the Night Mail (November 1905 McClure's; rev 1909 chap) includes sedately conventional ads for Airships and their trappings, supposedly from a magazine of the story's year 2000. More often, the latest Technology is subverted for advertising purposes: electric light, for example, is used to project slogans on to the night sky in Villiers de L'Isle-Adam's "Celestial Publicity" ...

Hunger Games, The

Film (2012). Lionsgate/Color Force. Directed by Gary Ross. Written by Ross, Suzanne Collins and Billy Ray. Cast includes Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Jennifer Lawrence and Donald Sutherland. 142 minutes. Colour. / Immensely popular adaptation of Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games (2008), first novel of her immensely popular Young Adult series The Hunger Games. In the story of a teenage deathmatch there are obvious parallels to Battle Royale (2000) but Collins adds reality Television and ...

Ferguson, Neil

(1947-    ) UK author who began publishing sf with "The Monroe Doctrine" for Interzone, Winter 1983/1984, and through the 1980s released several sharply conceived tales, revealing more than once a deep interest in US life. / His first book, Bars of America (coll 1986), not sf, is a collection of tales and musings set in the heart of that country. His first sf novel, Putting Out (1988), presents a Near-Future US political race in terms of the semiotics of dressing, with ...

Scott, Deborah

(?   -    ) US teacher and author of the Young Adult California Kid sequence comprising The Kid Who Got Zapped through Time (1997) and The California Kid Fights Back (1998), in which the Kid is sent by his Computer by Timeslip to mediaeval England, which he disdains, and when he is sent back again, in the second volume, hates all the more. Things are primitive there. [JC]

Harvey, Frank

(1913-1993) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Test Jump" for The Saturday Evening Post, 30 June 1956, and whose collection of stories, Air Force! (coll 1959), concentrates on that branch of the armed services, but with a Near-Future setting which includes manned satellites (see Space Stations) and the like. [JC]

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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