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Green Lantern

Film (2011). Warner Brothers Pictures presents a De Line Pictures/DC Entertainment production. Directed by Martin Campbell. Written by Greg Berlanti, Michael Green, Marc Guggenheim, and Michael Goldenberg; screen story by Berlanti, Green and Guggenheim. Cast includes Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong and Taika Waititi. 114 minutes. Colour, 3D (converted). / After rivals Marvel Comics roared into a cinematic lead by establishing their own studio and franchising a ...

Chase, Robert R

(1948-    ) US author initially associated with Analog for stories like his first, "Seven Scenes from the Ultimate Monster Movie" in 1984; he has remained active with this magazine, producing stories in more than one sequence, none collected into book form. Chase began to publish novels with the Game of Fox and Lion sequence of sf adventures set in a feudalized interplanetary venue, featuring a protagonist with genetically enhanced powers (see Genetic Engineering): The Game ...


There is a false belief that sf and humour do not mix. Certainly sf has produced many bad jokes – Arthur C Clarke's Tales From the White Hart (coll of linked stories 1957) is entirely devoted to them – but from the beginning it has also produced many good ones. Much sf humour takes the form of social Satire, and stories of this kind are discussed mainly in that entry. While the discussion below naturally includes satires also, it focuses on sf that elicits laughter rather than a wry ...

Le Drimeur, Alain

Pseudonym of the unidentified French author (?   -?   ) whose Utopia, La Cité Future (1890; trans Brian Stableford as The Future City 2012), responds positively to Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888). The frame story, though inherently implausible, does vigorously demonstrate the author's conviction that nothing as transparently sensible as a world cognate with Bellamy's vision could possibly occur in this world without some radical transformation of ...

Liston, Edward

(1900-1986) UK-born physician, flight surgeon and author, naturalized as a US citizen in 1932; in his Lost Race novel, The Bowl of Night (1948), a flight surgeon crash-lands in the Mexican jungle, where he discovers a Mayan civilization accessible only through passages Underground; the Mayans, though totally out of touch with the outside world, have developed science and Technology to rival the industrial West. [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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