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Spacesuit Films

Spacesuit films, as defined by the critic who has promoted the term, Gary Westfahl, are those space films that endeavour to plausibly portray the harsh conditions and novel features of life in outer space and on other planets – such as the absence of air, zero or low Gravity, and dangerous radiation – as most prominently indicated by the fact that their characters constantly wear, or are in close proximity to, protective ...

Schimel, Lawrence

(1971-    ) US poet, story writer, editor and translator resident in Spain since 1999 where he combines his own writing in both Spanish and English with work as a literary translator. His first genre story was "The Last Bite" in Dead of Night #6 in July 1990 and by the end of the decade had published nearly 100 stories, many with gay/lesbian or Vampire themes, and issued his first collection, ...

Adamovič, Ivan

(1967-    ) Czech translator and author, an associate editor of the sf magazine Ikarie and a contributor to Encyklopedie science fiction ["Encyclopedia of Science Fiction"] (1992). His "Czech SF in the Last Forty Years" appeared in Science Fiction Studies, March 1990. [PN]

Karl, Jean E

(1927-2000) US editor and author, important in the former capacity for her founding of Atheneum Children's Books, where she edited Ursula K Le Guin's Earthsea sequence and Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising sequence, and many other titles. Her nonfiction titles – such as From Childhood to Childhood: Children's Books and Their Creators (John Day Co, 1970) – were usually based on her experiences ...

Inception

Film (2010). Warner Brothers Pictures in association with Legendary Pictures and Syncopy. Written and directed by Christopher Nolan. Cast includes Michael Caine, Marion Cotillard, Leonardo di Caprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Ellen Page and Ken Watanabe. 143 minutes. Colour. / Preposterous but sensationally successful inner-space heist movie about a team of Dream-Hacking psychological ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos ...



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