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Resident Evil [film]

Film (2002; vt Biohazard: Genesis). Constantin Film/Davis Films present a Constantin Film/New Legacy Film production in association with Davis Films and Impact Pictures. Directed by Paul W S Anderson. Written by Anderson, based on the Videogame Biohazard (Japan), also known as Resident Evil (USA). Cast includes Milla Jovovich, Eric Mabius, James Purefoy and Michelle Rodriguez. 100 minutes. Colour. / In the near future, the Umbrella Corporation is the largest business in the world. Its ...

Maitland, Derek

(1943-2019) UK war photographer and author whose sf Satires – T Minus Tower (1971), about a proposed transfer of the eponymous tower into space as a Space-Habitat hotel, and The Alpha Experience (1974) – exhibit a certain apocalyptic flippancy but failed to target coming UK trends with any real accuracy. [JC]

Onyx Equinox

US animated tv series (2020-current). Created by Sofia Alexander. Crunchyroll. Executive Producers Sofia Alexander and Margaret M. Dean. Directed by Kevin Altieri, Kuni Tomita, Ken Wong and Emi Yonemura. Written by Jennifer Muro, Kristle Peluso, Joshua Pruett and Charlie Reeves. Voice cast includes Olivia J Brown, Cástulo Guerra, Arin Hanson, Juan Arturo Maldonado, Zeus Mendoza, Patrick Pedrazza, Carolina Ravassa, Fayna Sanchez, Alejandro Vargas-Lugo and Kimberly Woods. Twelve 24-minute ...

Space Documentaries

In the 1950s, as the United States and the Soviet Union launched embryonic space programs, there began to appear documentaries about the future of Space Flight that sometimes included fictional sequences employing actors as astronauts venturing into outer space; these are effectively sf Spacesuit Films, even though they are classified as nonfiction. One noteworthy example was an episode of the Television series Walt Disney's Disneyland (1954-1958), "Man and the Moon" (1955), which concluded ...

Toffler, Alvin

(1928-2016) US journalist and author, best known for his speculative nonfiction on Sociology and Futures Studies, at that time better known as Futurology. Future Shock (1970) documents the increasing rate of change in the twentieth century, and speculates on the psychological trauma this may be causing Western civilization. Filmed as Future Shock (1972) with narration by Orson Welles, it has had a great influence in futurology generally, and quite directly on many sf writers – notably ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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