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Wilson, Chris

(1949-    ) UK psychologist and author most of whose novels work as a series of attempts to address issues of Identity through narratives featuring solitary Candide-like eccentrics exposed to – but not necessarily trapped by – the world at large. In Gallimauf's Gospel (1986), which is set on a remote Island in the nineteenth century, a monkey is washed ashore and mistaken for a Frenchman, even though her behaviour is inhumanly disruptive (see Apes as Human; ...

Kipling, Arthur Wellesley

(1885-1947) US author of two Future-War novels. The New Dominion: A Tale of Tomorrow's War (1908), a Yellow Peril tale, pits the USA triumphantly against Japan and Germany, with the help of Great Britain; and The Shadow of Glory: Being a History of the Great War 1910-1911 (1910) unusually visualizes that the conflict so frequently predicted in Dreadful Warning tales of this period is in fact worldwide, and is therefore predictive of World War One. [JC]

Edge of Tomorrow

US film (2014). Warner Brothers/Village Roadshow Pictures/3 Arts Entertainment. Directed by Doug Liman. Written by Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, and John-Henry Butterworth, based on the novel All You Need is Kill (2004) by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. Cast includes Jonas Armstrong, Emily Blunt, Tom Cruise, Franz Drameh, Brendan Gleeson, Kick Gurry, Terence Maynard, Dragomir Mrsic, Bill Paxton, Charlotte Riley, Noah Taylor and Tony Way. 113 minutes. Colour. / In the very Near Future, ...

Space Ghost

Animated tv series (1966-1968; vt Space Ghost and Dino Boy). Hanna-Barbera Productions for CBS-TV. Produced by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. Created by Alex Toth. Directed by Hanna, and Barbera. Writers included Walter Black, William Hamilton, Joe Ruby, and Ken Spears. Space Ghost cast includes Ted Cassiday, Keye Luke, Tim Matheson, Don Messick, Gary Owens and Ginny Tyler. Dino Boy cast includes John David Carson, Don Messick, Gary Owens and Mike Road. Twenty 30-minute episodes overall; 19 ...

Lowry, Lois

(1937-    ) US author of Young Adult novels whose strong-hewed intensity is clearly manifest in the Giver series starting with The Giver (1993), Gathering Blue (2000) and Messenger (2004), all three tales set in Pocket Universe enclaves in what may be a planetary Ruined Earth venue, though no engendering catastrophe is clearly indicated, over and above the destructiveness in general of Homo sapiens. In the first ostensibly harmonious world of the first volume, which won a ...

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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