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Hayes, Jeff W

(1853-1917) US entrepreneur who introduced the telegraph to Portland, Oregon, in 1882, and most of whose works are nonfiction advocacies of life – viewed through the Utopian potentials of the region – in the Pacific Rim; he became blind before the end of the century. His sf book, Portland, Oregon, A.D. 1999 and Other Sketches (coll 1913), casts these speculations into the form of a genuine Utopia reflecting the ...

Lovelock, James

(1919-2022) UK environmentalist, biologist and author whose proposal of the Gaia (which see) hypothesis in Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth (1979; rev 2000) has had considerable influence on sf and the old concept of Living Worlds. He credited William Golding for suggesting in the late 1960s that his then evolving hypothesis be named after the Greek earth-goddess Gaia. His ...

Frankenweenie

1. Short film (1984). Walt Disney Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company). Directed by Tim Burton. Written by Lenny Ripps, from Burton's outline. Cast includes Paul Bartel, Shelley Duvall, Barret Oliver and Daniel Stern. 30 minutes. Black and white. / Victor Frankenstein (Oliver), a ten-year-old amateur filmmaker in a picket-fence neighbourhood, brings his dead dog back to life with the power of electricity; ...

Signs

Film (2002). Touchstone Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company) presents a Blinding Edge Pictures/Kennedy/Marshall production. Directed by M Night Shyamalan. Written by Shyamalan. Cast includes Abigail Breslin, Rory Culkin, Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix. 106 minutes. Colour. / Superficially, Signs is an alien Invasion movie, told from the perspective of an American ...

Véron, Pierre

(1831-1900) French journalist and author, some of whose sketches and tales are of sf interest, including those assembled as The Merchants of Health and Other Fantastic Stories (coll trans Brian Stableford from various sources 2015). The title story – originally published as Les Marchands de Santé (1862) – is a Satire on the medical profession set on a fantasticated planet; ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. ...



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