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Williams, Neil Wynn

(1864-1940) UK author, whose two volumes of his versions of Greek folklore, Tales and Sketches of Modern Greece (coll 1894) and the Bayonet That Came Before: A Vanity of Modern Greece (coll 1896), are of very modest interest. In his sf novel, The Electric Theft (1906), highly organized anarchists are abstracting bast amounts of electricity from a great plant in Athens but, more seriously, the mastermind and Villain Stavinsky has discovered a vast cavern under London, which he supercharges with ...

Midnight Special

Film (2016). Warner Bros presents a Tri-State Pictures production in association with Ratpac-Dune Entertainment and Faliro House Productions. Written and directed by Jeff Nichols. Cast includes Adam Driver, Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton, Jaeden Lieberher, Michael Shannon and Sam Shepard. 112 minutes. Colour. / Child Messiah Alton Meyer (Lieberher) is pursued by the FBI to a Parallel World above the Florida panhandle. / Of all the mistakes Mainstream Writers of SF make when using the ...


Film (1997). Columbia Pictures presents a Jersey Films production. Written and directed by Andrew Niccol. Cast includes Loren Dean, Ethan Hawke, Jude Law, Uma Thurman and Gore Vidal. 106 minutes. Colour. / In a future where Genetic Engineering allows children to be optimized at conception and Eugenic DNA screening is routine in elite employment, a naturally conceived untouchable (Hawke) colludes with a crippled genetic patrician to fake his identity and win a place in the space programme, ...

Setlowe, Richard

(1933-    ) US naval officer and author whose first novel, The Brink (1976), though not fantastic, explores the complex events (and paranoias) that might lead the world to the verge of World War Three. Of more direct sf interest is The Experiment (1980), a Near Future in which a man terminally ill with lung cancer (see Medicine) is given a chance to live through the implementation of artificial gills, after which he must live under water, enclosed in a tank. Now calling ...

Maciste e la Regina di Samar

Film (1964; vt Hercules against the Moon Men US; Maciste contre les hommes de pierre France). Nike Cinematografica/Comptoir Français de Productions Cinématographiques. Directed by Giacomo Gentilomo. Written by Arpad DeRiso and Nino Scolaro; story by DeRiso, Scolaro, Gentilomo, and Angelo Sangermano. Cast includes Sergio Ciani (billed as "Alan Steel"), Jany Clair, Delia d'Alberti, Jean-Pierre Honoré and Anna Maria Polani. 90 minutes. Colour. / In the ancient kingdom of ...

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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