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Jurassic Park

Film (1993). Amblin Entertainment/Universal. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Gerald R Molen. Written by Michael Crichton and David Koepp, based on Jurassic Park (1990) by Crichton. Cast includes Richard Attenborough, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Joseph Mazello, Sam Neill, Bob Peck and Ariana Richards. 127 minutes. Colour. / A theme park on an island off the coast of Costa Rica has been stocked with Dinosaurs cloned from DNA that was found within mosquitos ...

Atomic Platters

The name – coined by Bill Geerhart at the Conelrad website [see links below] – for a short-lived sub-genre of 1940s and 1950s pop music concerned with an atomic World War Three and its aftermath (see Holocaust). Many, though not all, of the artists and songs that might be so classified fell into later obscurity, but this was in its day a fairly lively aural manifestation of the fascinations of Golden Age science fiction. The earliest Atomic Platter is probably "Atomic Cocktail" ...

Thomson, James

Working name of Scottish poet and author James Thompson (1834-1882), best known for "The City of Dreadful Night" (1874 National Reformer as Bysshe Vanolis; 1975 chap), a long narrative poem whose rendering of an apocalyptic City very much like London contains a profusion of images and tropes that prefigure Steampunk and Urban Fantasy (see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below). This city is presided over by the brooding, fantastical figure of Melancholy as portrayed in Albrecht ...


Videogame (1995). DreamForge Entertainment. Designed by Roger Zelazny, Jane Lindskold. Platforms: DOS. / The graphical Adventure game Chronomaster was Roger Zelazny's last work. In a future galactic civilization, the creation of privately owned Pocket Universes has become a hobby for the immortal rich. The player adopts the persona of the eponymous Rene Korda, a famous designer of such works lured out of retirement by a mystery: several of these toy realities have been frozen in time by an ...

Franzen, Jonathan

(1959-    ) US author best known for later nonfantastic novels, beginning with The Corrections (2002); his earlier work shares with Don DeLillo some of the older author's unrelenting focus on the Paranoia-inducing intricacies of American life, and with contemporaries like Michael Chabon or Jonathan Lethem an Equipoisal facility in grasping the worlds faced. The later novels are more subtle, but their bad temper about the world may not seem an entirely satisfactory substitute ...

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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