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Film (2018). Paramount Pictures in association with Netflix presents a DNA Films, Scott Rudin Productions and Skydance Media production. Directed by Alex Garland. Written by Garland, adapted from the novel Annihilation (2014) by Jeff VanderMeer, which with Authority (2014) and Acceptance (2014) forms Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy (omni 2014). Cast includes ...

Pieczenik, Steve R

(1943-    ) Cuban-born US author most of whose work of any genre interest has been contributed as Ties to the Tom Clancy's Net Force Shared World sequence of Near Future Technothrillers supervised by Tom Clancy, beginning with Net Force (1999) with Steve ...

Rollins, Frank West

(1860-1915) US lawyer, banker, politician and author whose Break O'Day Tales (coll 1894) includes "The Steam Interlude", a reminiscence from 1945 of the worldwide Disaster in 1905 when water no longer turns to steam, threatening to end civilization. [JC]

Pearson's Magazine

1. UK popular fiction and general interest magazine published by C A Pearson Ltd, edited by Sir Arthur Pearson (1866-1921) until 1899, Percy W Everett 1900-1911, Philip O'Farrell 1912-1919, John Reed Wade 1920-1939, W E Johns May-November 1939; monthly, 527 issues, January 1896 to November 1939. Standard size except for last seven issues, which were letter size. / C Arthur Pearson had previously worked for George Newnes and when he established his own ...


Japanese animation studio, based in Nakano, Tokyo and founded in 1972 by Osamu Dezaki, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Masao Maruyama and Rintaro (real name Shigeyuki Hayashi, confused by some sources with his brother Masayuki Hayashi), who were former employees of Osamu Tezuka's Mushi Production studio (aka Mushi Pro). In 2004 the studio became a subsidiary of the Index Corporation; then, from 2011, of Nippon TV. / Madhouse's ...

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 a long sf-tinged poem, "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly); he only began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf proper with ...

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