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World War Z

Film (2013). Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions in association with Hemisphere Media Capital and GK Films present a Plan B Entertainment production. Directed by Marc Forster. Written by Matthew Michael Carnahan and Drew Goddard & Damon Lindelof; story by Carnahan and J Michael Straczynski, based on Max Brooks's World War Z (2006). Cast includes Ludi Boeken, Peter Capaldi, James Badge Dale, Mireille Enos, Matthew Fox, Daniella Kertesz, Fana Mokoena, David Morse and Brad Pitt. 116 ...

Rice, Anne

Working name of US author Howard Allen Frances O'Brien Rice (1941-2021), mother of Christopher Rice; her career as a prominent and esteemed producer of fantasy and horror fiction began with the first volume of the Vampire Chronicles sequence, Interview with the Vampire (1976), whose depiction of Vampire culture, and of individual vampire Antiheroes, proved very significant for that literature. Through complex veils of romanticism and eros (see Sex), her vampires soon came to be understood as ...


US Pulp magazine; five issues, December 1940 to July 1941, bimonthly after January 1941. Published by H-K Publications; edited by F Orlin Tremaine. Tremaine, former editor of Astounding, made a brief and undistinguished return to sf-magazine editing with this title. Tremaine wanted to recapture the wonder of Astounding from the mid-thirties, but without the financial support of Street & Smith or the editorial support of Desmond Hall, the end result fell short. Amongst the more interesting ...

Day, Vox

(1968-    ) Pseudonym of US computer Game designer and fantasy author Theodore Beale, co-founder of the video game company Fenris Wolf which developed the Rebel Moon game. As Beale he has written the Eternal Warriors sequence of fundamentalist-Christian fantasy novels; his sf contribution, as Day, is the game Tie Rebel Moon (1996) with Bruce Bethke. The game scenario, with a Libertarian Moon battling Earth's oppression, strongly echoes Robert Heinlein's The Moon Is a Harsh ...

Chetwynd, Tom

(1938-2012) UK teacher and author, son of Bridget Chetwynd, who concentrated mostly on nonfiction studies in which Christianity and Zen Buddhism are persuasively married, including Zen and the Kingdom of Heaven (2001). His Dystopia, The Copper Cow (1962), portrays a Near Future Britain in hyperbolically surreal terms. [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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