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Baird, Thomas

(1923-1990) US art historian, a lecturer with the Frick Collection 1954-1957, latterly a professor of art; his several well-received novels, beginning with Triumphal Entry (1962), often dealt with art history; none of this early work contained any significant element of the fantastic, but Where Time Ends (1988) is a Young Adult tale of some interest set in a Near Future world threatened by biological warfare, and Smart Rats (1990) even more darkly presents a vision of a Big-Brother Dystopia, an ...

Hanmura Ryō

Pseudonym of Japanese sf author Heitarō Kinō (1933-2002), often also romanized as Ryō Hammura. A sometime cabaret bartender and advertising executive, he drifted into an authorial career with "Shōkaku" ["Harvest"] (March 1963 S-F Magazine), which won a consolation prize in a new authors competition run by the publisher Hayakawa Shobō. / Running throughout his oeuvre is a vigorous mistrust of authority and the establishment, particularly the collusion of big business ...

Owen, David

(?   -    ) UK journalist and author of Young Adult novels. His first, Panther (2015), rims Fantastika edgily in the story of a panther loose in London that the protagonist hopes to trap, in order to lift himself from depression caused in part by living in the suburbs. In The Fallen Children: They Will Rise (2017) a similar world is suddenly overturned when four adolescent girls on the Midwich Estate disappear overnight while all around them fall mysteriously ...

Iron Giant, The

Animated film (1999). Warner Bros presents a Brad Bird film. Directed by Brad Bird. Written by Tim McCanlies, from a story by Brad Bird based on The Iron Man (1968; vt The Iron Giant 1968), a prose work by the poet (and British Poet Laureate for fourteen years) Ted Hughes. 87 minutes. Colour. / In 1957, a huge man of iron crashes from space near the small American town of Rockwell, Maine. While searching for metal to consume, it accidentally electrocutes itself at a power station but is ...

Total Recall

1. Film (1990). Carolco. Directed by Paul Verhoeven. Written by Ronald Shusett, Dan O'Bannon, Gary Goldman, based on a story by Shusett, O'Bannon, Jon Povill, inspired by "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale" (April 1966 F&SF) by Philip K Dick. Cast includes Ronny Cox, Michael Ironside, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone and Rachel Ticotin. 113 minutes, cut to 109 minutes. Colour. / At a purported $60,000,000 budget this was one of the most expensive films ever made (though Terminator ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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