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Kirk, Pauline

(?   -    ) UK poet and author of The Keepers (1996), a Dystopia set in a Near Future UK run by the eponymous Keepers on lines mildly evocative of George Orwell's Nineteen Eight-Four (1949), with fairly rife regimentation and some brainwashing. But a dissident group imports a virus into the Keeper's central Computer and the old regime collapses quickly. [JC]

Doomwatch

1. UK tv series (1970-1972). BBC TV. Produced by Terence Dudley. Series devised and partly written by Gerry Davis and Kit Pedler. Directors included Dudley, Jonathan Alwyn, David Proudfoot, Lennie Mayne, Eric Hills, Darrol Blake. Further writers included Dudley, John Gould, Brian Hayles, Don Shaw, Dennis Spooner, Martin Worth. Cast included Joby Blanchard, Wendy Hall, Simon Oates, John Paul, Robert Powell, Jean Trend and Elizabeth Weaver. Three seasons, 57 50-minute episodes. Colour. / In ...

Sellers, Con

Working name of US author Connie Leslie Sellers (1922-1992), author of at least 100 novels in various genres. His sf work, a small and insignificant part of his output, begins with F.S.C. (1963); all of those noted in the Checklist are soft porn (see Sex). The list may be incomplete. [JC]

Vanilla Sky

Film (2001). Paramount pictures presents a Cruise-Wagner/Vinyl Films production in association with Sogecine/Summit Entertainment/Artisan Entertainment. Written and directed by Cameron Crowe. Based on Abre Los Ojos (1997) by Alejandro Amenábar & Mateo Gil. Cast includes Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Jason Lee, Kurt Russell, Timothy Spall and Noah Taylor. 136 minutes. Colour. / A playboy's world comes apart at the seams following facial disfigurement in a ...

Kaiba

Japanese animated tv series (2008). Madhouse. Directed and written by Masaaki Yuasa. Voice cast includes Houko Kuwashima, Wasabi Mizuta, Mamiko Noto, Romi Park, Chiwa Saito. Twelve 24-minute episodes. Colour. / The Amnesiac Kaiba (Kuwashima) travels to strange worlds hoping to discover his identity; en route his mind is decanted into a large toy hippo, then (for most of the journey) into Chroniko (Saito), a young woman. Eventually returning to Lala, his home planet, Kaiba is revealed to be ...

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. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...



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