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Death Race

Film (2008). Universal Pictures presents in association with Relativity Media an Impact Pictures-Cruise/Wagner production in association with Roger Corman. Directed by Paul W S Anderson. Written by Paul W S Anderson from the screenplay for Death Race 2000 (1975) by Charles Griffith and Robert Thom, itself adapted from Ib Melchior's short story "The Racer" (October 1956 Escapade). Cast includes Joan Allen, Tyrese Gibson, Natalie Martinez, Ian McShane and Jason Statham. 110 minutes. Colour. / ...

Williams, Liz

(1965-    ) UK author who began to publish work of genre interest with "A Child of the Dead" in Interzone for September 1997, which was assembled with other early work as The Banquet of the Lords of Night and Other Stories (coll 2004); later stories were assembled as A Glass of Shadow (coll 2011). Her first novel, The Ghost Sister (2001), is set in a lost colony (see Colonization of Other Worlds) whose inhabitants, after sending a long-ignored distress signal back to Earth, ...

Jackson, G Gibbard

(1877-1935) UK author, usually of tales for boys on aeronautical subjects, and of nonfiction about air travel and other related topics; of sf interest is Arctic Air Terror (1937), a Lost Race tale set in the Yukon Territory. Within a caldera heated by volcanic action, a technologically advanced but priest-ridden civilization of "white Indians", originally from ancient Egypt, uses its helicopter-like airships and strange Weapons to attempt to protect its gold from the outer world. Unusually for ...

Obstfeld, Raymond

(1952-    ) US author whose work of sf significance is restricted to the Warlord sequence under the House Name Jason Frost, who see for details. [JC]

Smibert, Angie

(1963-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Boy Who Spoke in Colors" in Odyssey Magazine for December 2007. Her Near Future Young Adult Dystopian Memento Mora sequence, beginning with Memento Mora (short version May/June 2008 Odyssey Magazine; 2011), is set in a world where Memory Edits erase bad personal memories, and also keep the population under control. In this world, false memories can added, further alarming the cast. The love triangle ...

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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