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Craig Thomas obituary

13 April 2011 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Best-selling author of techno-thrillers whose 1977 blockbuster was made into a film

Craig Thomas, who has died from pneumonia aged 68, was at the forefront of the spy/adventure genre known as the techno-thriller, novels in which technology – usually cutting-edge military hardware extrapolated from current technological advances – is central to the plot. Thomas's 1977 novel Firefox featured the fictional MiG-31, an aircraft so advanced that it would immediately give the Russians the upper hand.

At the time, the Russians had the MiG-25 Foxbat, the fastest reconnaissance bomber and interceptor in the air, with a top speed of Mach 2.8. Thomas's Firefox could achieve speeds of Mach 5, had stealth technology which made it invisible to radar and a guided missile system controlled by the pilot by thought alone. Realising the implications to security in the west, his British spymaster Kenneth Aubrey suggests an audacious plan to steal one of the two prototype aircraft.

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Sudden Death: finally, a musical where everybody dies

18 March 2011 8:50 AM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

I've really dislike musicals. In fact the only musical I've even remotely enjoyed was Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-Long Blog, but even then I wanted to fast forward the songs after four bars. It's weird, because I like music (even play it) and I like movies, so why don't I like the two together?

In Sudden Death, a short film written and directed by Adam Hall, Los Angeles has been overtaken by a virus known as "Sudden Death Syndrome," a disease that causes its victims to die suddenly and has only one symptom... spontaneously breaking into well-choreographed song and dance.

I think Hall is banking on a viral sensation akin to Wheddon's Dr. Horrible. It certainly exudes the same kind of colorful charm. It's not nearly as funny as it thinks it is though and I have my doubts whether or not it will live up to its own idea of what makes it "clever. »

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