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Kyne, Peter B

(1880-1957) US author, many of whose stories – at least 110 are credited – were made into films, including his first and most famous novel, The Three Godfathers (1913). Though it only hints at Near Future events, Pride of Palomar (1921) – filmed as The Pride of Palomar (1922) – is of interest for its portrayal of the Yellow Peril menace to California represented by immigrating Japanese, who in Social Darwinist terms (see also Evolution) are superior to whites. Of direct ...

DC Super Hero Girls

US animated tv series (2019-current). Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment. Based on the DC Comics characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Developed by Lauren Faust. Executive producers: Lauren Faust and Sam Register. Directors include Noëlle Raffaele, John Sanford and Steve Stefanelli. Writers include Lauren Faust and M A Larson. Voice cast includes Kimberly Brooks, Will Friedle, Grey Griffin, Cassandra Lee Morris, Tara Strong, Nicole Sullivan, Myrna Velasco and Kari ...

Shakespeare, William

(1564-1616) English poet and dramatist whose writings helped to shape not only our Theatre but our language. Shakespearian venues, scenes, themes, Icons and formal quotations – not to mention innumerable tags and scraps and catchphrases from the plays – have penetrated deeply into the matrix of Western literary and popular culture. In many of our acts of communication and storytelling Shakespeare underlies us, and we quote him often without knowing we do so. Many of his characters, ...

Sorokin, Vladimir

(1955-    ) Russian artist, playwright and author, active since about 1972, though his first work to appear in English was Ochered' (1983; trans Sally Laird as The Queue 1988), a deadpan Satire on Soviet Russia; the text of this story, which is set in a gigantic unending queue, consists of nothing but lines of dialogue exchanged amongst dozens, maybe hundreds, of unidentified speakers, and so is even more stripped down than (though possibly influenced by) JR (1975) by ...

Mission to Mars

Film (2000). Touchstone Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company). Directed by Brian De Palma. Written by Jim Thomas, John Thomas and Graham Yost from a story by the two Thomases and Lowell Cannon. Cast includes Don Cheadle, Connie Nielsen, Jerry O'Connell, Tim Robbins and Gary Sinise. 109 minutes. Colour. / Pseudo-mystical silliness – which owes not a little to Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – abounds in this story of First Contact with alien life. In the year ...

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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