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Harkon, Franz

Pseudonym of unidentified UK author, known almost solely for the entirely unremarkable Space Express Security sequence of Space Operas, the first and third being published as by Astron Del Martia, and the middle title as by Franz Harkon [see Checklist]. As Harkon, this author also published some short fiction. [JC]

Invasion of the Saucer Men

Film (1957; vt Invasion of the Hell Creatures). Malibu Productions/American International Pictures. Produced by James H Nicholson. Directed by Edward L Cahn. Written by Robert L Gurney, Jr and Al Martin, based on "The Cosmic Frame" (May 1955 Amazing) by Paul W Fairman. Cast includes Gloria Castillo, Frank Gorshin, Raymond Hatton, Lyn Osborn and Steven Terrell (as Steve Terrell). Special effects by Paul Blaisdell. 69 minutes. Black and white. / Teenagers Johnny Carter (Terrell) and Joan ...

Cook, Hugh

(1956-2008) UK-born New Zealand author, who spent much of his childhood in the South Pacific Republic of Kiribati, and who lived in Japan from 1997; he is known primarily for his interestingly varied and sometimes inventive fantasy series, Chronicles of an Age of Darkness, whose ornate textures are Equipoisal between Planetary Romance and fantasy, though the latter mode is dominant. His only genuinely sf novel, The Shift (1986), a finalist in the 1985 Young Writers' Competition run by the ...

Ice Pirates, The

Film (1984). MGM/United Artists. Directed by Stewart Raffill. Written by Raffill, Stanford Sherman. Cast includes Mary Crosby, Anjelica Huston, John Matuszak, Ron Perlman, Michael D Roberts and Robert Urich. 94 minutes. Colour. / Sf Parodies have seldom worked well in the cinema, but this is an exception. Jason (Urich) is a pirate captain of a Spaceship (he and his crew carry cutlasses and wear high boots) who raids merchant ships for ice (the planets in this area being arid), meets a ...

Split Second

Film (1991). Challenge. Directed by Tony Maylam, Ian Sharp. Written by Gary Scott Thompson. Cast includes Alun Armstrong, Kim Cattrall, Neil Duncan, Ian Dury, Rutger Hauer, Michael J Pollard and Pete Postlethwaite. 91 minutes. Colour. / London, 2008 CE. The Thames has risen and society is crumbling. Coffee-drinking hard man Hauer and comics-reading Scots intellectual Duncan are brawling buddy cops on the trail of a heart-eating villain who carves astrological symbols on what's left of his ...

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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