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Kid Cosmic

US animated online tv series (2020-2022). Netflix Animation. Created by Craig McCracken. Directors include Craig McCracken, Justin Nichols, Rob Renzetti and Dave Thomas. Writers include Lauren Faust, Craig McCracken and Rob Renzetti. Voice cast includes Keith Ferguson, Jack Fisher, Tom Kenny, Amanda C Miller, Bobby Moynihan, Lily Rose Silver, Cree Summer, Fred Tatasciore and Kim Yarbrough. 24 16-23 minute episodes (and five shorts). Colour. / When a Spaceship crashes in the desert near his ...

Chu, Wesley

(?   -    ) Taiwan-born actor and author, in US from an early age, whose Tao sequence, comprising The Lives of Tao (2013), The Deaths of Tao (2014) and The Rebirths of Tao (2015), combines Technothriller riffs with a knowledgeable rendering of a traditional sf topos: Forerunner Alien beings called the Quasing who crashland on Earth and Uplift the human race until our science and Technology are sophisticated enough to repair their ship. The protagonist, who ...

Wilson, Robert Charles

(1953-    ) US-born author, in Canada from 1962, who began to publish sf with "Equinocturne" for Analog in February 1975 as by Bob Chuck Wilson, though he did not make a significant impact on the field until the 1980s. It was then that he began to publish his polished and inventive novels, which from the first tend to posit an emotion-drenched binary between the mundane world and a better or more intense or intriguingly more alive otherworld, which may be defined in sf ...

S1m0ne

Film (2002). New Line Cinema presents a Niccol Films production. Written and directed by Andrew Niccol. Cast includes Catherine Keener, Elias Koteas, Jay Mohr, Al Pacino, Rachel Roberts, Winona Ryder and Pruitt Taylor Vince. 117 minutes. Colour. / A dying computer scientist (Koteas) presents a fading Hollywood auteur (Pacino) with the secret technology to create a digital "synthespian" – a Virtual Reality screen goddess (Roberts) who can be digitally inserted into footage and even ...

Fitch, Thomas

(1838-1923) US politician, apparently inconspicuous, lawyer, newspaper editor, and author of Better Days; Or, a Millionaire of To-Morrow (1891) with his wife Anna M Fitch; it is a Utopia told from a conservative point of view. [JC]

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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