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Wludyka, Peter

(1942-    ) US academic and author whose The Past Is Another Country (1988; vt USSA: The Past is Another Country: A Novel of Alternate History 2010) describes an America, 143 years after a Russian invasion, in which thought-control is almost complete. The young protagonist discovers some of the truth about Christ and the disappeared city of New York, but only at great cost. Unfortunately for the book, the basic premise which clearly the novel was created to espouse – ...

Bagi, the Monster of Mighty Nature

Japanese animated tv film (1984). Original title Daishizen no Majū Bagi; vt Baghi. Tezuka Productions. Created, directed and written by Osamu Tezuka. Voice cast includes Masako Ikeda, Kazuhiko Inoue, Saeko Shimazu and Kosei Tomita. 85 minutes. Colour. / In the South American Republic of Monica, Ryosuke Ishigami (Inoue) awaits the Monster who killed his mother. Whilst doing so, he tells his story to a local child: / At 15 he was a member of a Japanese motorcycle gang, his ...

Awful Green Things from Outer Space, The

Board Game (1979). Tactical Studies Rules (TSR). Designed by Tom Wham. / Awful Green Things is a parodic game with a design influenced by both map and counter Wargames and the more casual and humorous tradition of Board Game development, an ancestry it shares with its contemporary The Creature that Ate Sheboygan (1979). The theme is strongly reminiscent of Alien (1979), released several months earlier, but the designer claims that film's rather more obscure predecessor The Green Slime ...

Clone Master, The

Made-for-tv film (1978). Mel Ferber Productions/Paramount Television for NBC-TV. Produced by John D F Black. Directed by Don Medford. Written by Black. Cast includes Ralph Bellamy, Art Hindle, Ed Lauter and John Van Dreelan. 100 minutes. Colour. / Research Scientist Dr Simon Shane (Hindle) and his mentor Dr Ezra Loutman (Bellamy) are hired, supposedly by the US government, to conduct advanced research on Cloning. Shane soon begins to correctly suspect that their employer is not a government ...

Collas, Phil

Working name of Australian author Felix Edward Collas (1907-1989), whose only sf work, The Inner Domain (October 1935 Amazing; 1989 chap), is a kind of Lost Race tale, in which aboriginal Australians, millennia ago, discovered relics of an ancient civilization Underground, which they are still inhabiting in 1981. [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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