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Forbidden Planet

Film (1956). MGM. Directed by Fred McLeod Wilcox. Written by Cyril Hume, based on a story by Irving Block and Allen Adler. Cast includes Anne Francis, Earl Holliman, Leslie Nielsen, Walter Pidgeon and Warren Stevens. 98 minutes. Colour. / Although Wilcox was new to sf Cinema – his best-known film was Lassie Come Home (1943) – Forbidden Planet is one of the most ...

Target Earth!

Film (1954). Abtcon Pictures/Allied Artists. Directed by Sherman A Rose. Written by William Raynor, based on "Deadly City" (March 1953 If) by Paul W Fairman (as Ivar Jorgensen). Cast includes Kathleen Crowley, Richard Denning, Virginia Grey and Richard Reeves. 75 minutes. Black and white. / In this film, whose low budget is reflected in its appearance, ...

Watson, Paul E

(?   -    ) US author of The Robot (2011), a Young Adult tale whose two teenaged male protagonists discover a female Robot in off-bounds laboratory of one of their parents, who is a "genius" scientist. The robot is interested in Sex, but also, according to its programming, in engaging in an assassination. [JC]


Familiar Definitions of SF imply that there is nothing more alien to its concerns than religion. However, many of the roots of Proto SF are embedded in traditions of speculative fiction closely associated with the religious imagination, and contemporary sf recovered a strong interest in certain mystical and transcendental themes and images when it moved beyond the Taboos imposed by the ...

Sternbergh, Adam

(?   -    ) Canadian-born editor and author, in USA for several years; based in New York, the setting of his first novel, Shovel Ready (2014), a slightly retro Cyberpunk noir thriller set in a Dystopian Near Future. Terrorist attacks and Climate Change have partially depopulated the great ...

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. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...

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