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Emmons, Cai

(1951-2023) US playwright and author, most of whose work was nonfantastic, though the disruptions of familial emplacedness that featured throughout her work continued to structure her late work, the exercises in planet-facing Fantastika that started with the very Near Future Weather Woman sequence beginning with Weather Woman (2018). The protagonist of the tale discovers that, at a time of crisis due to ...

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Film (2014). Twentieth Century Fox in association with TSG Entertainment. Directed by Matt Reeves. Written by Mark Bomback and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, based on characters created by Jaffa & Silver. Cast includes Jason Clarke, Toby Kebbell, Karin Konoval, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Nick Thurston. 130 minutes. Colour, 3D. / Ten years after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes ...

Gerard, Francis

(1905-1966) UK author born Francis Edward Marie Gerard (surname was sometimes spelled Gérard; he dropped the Marie in adult life), in South Africa after World War Two; most of his works are thrillers, some of them continuations of Edgar Wallace's nonfantastic Sanders of the Rivers tales; several of them featuring Sir John Meredith, an eminent Occult Detective [see The ...

Bova, Ben

(1932-2020) US author and editor who worked as technical editor for Project Vanguard 1956-1958, and science writer for Avco Everett Research Laboratory 1960-1971, before being appointed editor of Analog following the death of John W Campbell Jr in 1971. The magazine had become creatively moribund – although it remained commercially healthy – during the last decade of so of Campbell's editorship. Bova maintained the ...

Wenzel, Kurt

(1965-    ) US author whose third novel, Exposure (2007), is set in a Near Future 2017 Hollywood (see California), an ad-drenched Media Landscape, including MIBs (Moving Image Billboards) through which stalk the apparent Avatars of dead Cinema stars. The Satire is sharp, though ...

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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