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Metro 2033

Videogame (2010). 4A Games. Designed by Andrew Prokhorov, Vyacheslav Aristov. Platforms: Win, XB360. / Metro 2033 is a First Person Shooter with something of the threatening ambience of a Survival Horror game, based on Dmitry Glukhovsky's original novel, Metro 2033 (2002; trans 2010). Following an apocalyptic global war, humanity is almost extinct. A few survivors linger in the remains of the Moscow subway system, ineluctably aware that they may be the last of their species. The Metro is a ...

Spaced Invaders

Film (1989). Smart Egg Pictures. Directed by Patrick Read Johnson. Written by Johnson, Scott Alexander. Cast includes J J Anderson, Fred Applegate, Douglas Barr, Gregg Berger, Royal Dano and Ariana Richards. 100 minutes. Colour. / This spoof, obviously made for younger viewers, starts promisingly with the premise that the diminutive crew of a Martian Spaceship, in the middle of a battle, pick up the radio signal of Orson Welles's broadcast of War of the Worlds, and hasten to Earth to join ...

Beast of Hollow Mountain, The

Film (1956; vt Valley of the Mists). Nassour Studios, Inc. Produced by Edward and William Nassour. Directed by Edward Nassour, Ismael Rodriguez. Written by Robert Hill and Jack DeWitt from an idea by Willis H O'Brien. Cast includes Guy Madison, Patricia Medina (Sarita), Mario Navarro (Panchito), Eduardo Noriega (Enrique Rios) and Carlos Rivas (Felipe Sanchez). Dinosaur animation by Henry Lyon, Edward Nassour (uncredited). 79 minutes. Colour. / Jimmy Ryan (Madison), an American cowboy ...

Sweet Valerian

Japanese animated tv series (2004). Madhouse. Created by CLAMP. Directed by Hiroaki Sakurai. Written by Sayuri Ōba. Voice cast includes Yu Asakawa, Mika Kanai, Ami Koshimizu, Yūichi Nagashima, Kaori Nazuka and Kazuki Yao. 26 four-minute episodes. Colour. / In Asialand City the evil but amateurish Stress Team (Yao) fly about in a wonky flying saucer (see UFOs), seeking out the stressed; on locating, they fire a Ray turning them into an appropriate stress Monster – for ...

Who, The

Highly regarded UK rock band, formed in 1964 by guitarist and songwriter Peter Townshend (1945-    ), vocalist Roger Daltrey (1944-    ), bassist John Entwhistle (1944-2002) and drummer Keith Moon (1946-1978). The Who's blues and rock grounding is evident in a range of skilfully noisy and slyly affecting songs about teenage disaffection, some of the most enduring in the rock-and-roll canon. But Townshend's ambition from an early stage was to write ...

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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