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Oliver, Lauren

Pseudonym of US author Laura Schechter (1982-    ). whose first novel, Before I Fall (2010), is fantasy; of sf interest is the Delirium sequence of Young Adult tales, comprising Delirium (2011) and Pandemonium (2012) and set in a Dystopian Near Future America, where a medical cure for love is imposed on all citizens at the age of eighteen by a ruthless government. The protagonist fights against this. [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 ...

de Mille, James

(1833-1880) Canadian academic and author, born James De Mill, who began his publishing career in 1853 and was the author of considerable signed fiction; he wrote two series of boy's stories, the Brethren of the White Cross sequence which includes Fire in the Woods (1871), a boy's story with a Lost Race element; and the entirely nonfantastic The Young Dodge Club sequence. The book for which he is now remembered is the anonymous, posthumous, Antarctic Utopia, A Strange Manuscript Found in a ...

Gnome Press

US specialist Small Press founded in 1948 by Martin Greenberg and David A Kyle. It was the most eminent of the fan publishers of sf, and produced 86 books over the following decade or so, mostly novels. Within the limits of this very moderate output, it published many of the major sf authors, and in some cases, as with Robert E Howard's Conan series (published in 6 books 1950-1955) and Isaac Asimov's Foundation series (published in 3 books 1951-1953), was responsible for the manner in which ...

Gateway Game

A gateway game is a term used in board, card and tabletop gaming (see Board Games; Card Games; Role Playing Games) to denote a Game that is easy to play and understand, and which is suitable for a player who may not be familiar with the above genres or a specific subgenre. Semiotically, the term implies that these games open the gates for novice players and allow them entry to the world of gaming. / Gateway games frequently present simplified versions of rules or concepts used in more ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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