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Final Countdown, The

Film (1980). Bryna Company/United Artists. Directed by Don Taylor. Written by David Ambrose, Gerry Davis, Thomas Hunter, Peter Powell, based on a story by Hunter, Powell, Ambrose. Cast includes Kirk Douglas, Charles Durning, James Farentino, Katharine Ross and Martin Sheen. 105 minutes. Colour. / The Nimitz, a (real) aircraft carrier on manoeuvres off Hawaii in 1980, is caught in a strange storm which turns out to be a time-warp (see Timeslip). The vessel is deposited in the same spot in ...

Rubinstein, Paul

(1935-    ) Polish-born author, in US from before World War Two, son of the pianist Arthur Rubinstein (1887-1982); author mostly of cookbooks, though The Petrodollar Takeover (1975) with Peter Tanous is of sf interest as a Near Future tale in which Saudi Arabia attempts to stabilize its precarious relationship with Iran by buying stock in General Motors. [JC]


Film (2011). Warner Bros, Participant, Imagenation Abu Dhabi. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Written by Scott Z Burns. Cast includes Tien You Chui, Marion Cotillard, Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon, Jennifer Ehle, Laurence Fishburne, Elliott Gould, Griffin Kane, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Winslet. 106 minutes. Colour. / Contagion is a fiction film depicting the stunningly rapid spread across the planet of a coronavirus originating zoonotically from a single infected pig butchered in a ...

Griffiths, Linda Marshall

(?   -    ) UK playwright, some of whose earlier plays edge toward the fantastic, beginning with Pomegranate (first performed 2006); of sf interest is Villette (performed 2016; 2016 chap), in which Villette (1853) by Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855) is reconfigured into the Near Future, where the original protagonist of the tale, Lucy Snowe, is a Clone bred as a virologist with the task of finding the mediaeval remains of a nun, who may have been immune to ...

Resnick, Mike

Working name of Michael Diamond Resnick (1942-2020), US author and dog-breeder who for most of his career signed his work as given above, though his early titles were often signed as Michael D Resnick. He began his genre career with an Edgar Rice Burroughs pastiche, The Forgotten Sea of Mars (1965 chap); his interest in Burroughs also generated material which he published in ERB-dom Magazine, and his first sequence – the Ganymede series of Planetary Romances comprising The Goddess of ...

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 and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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