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Dr Renault's Secret

Film (1942; vt Buried Alive). 20th Century Fox Films. Directed by Harry Lachman. Produced by Sol M Wurtzel. Written by William Bruckner and Robert F Meltzer based on Balaoo (9 October-18 December Le Matin; 1912; trans 1913) by Gaston Leroux. Cast includes Mike Mazurki (uncredited), J Carroll Naish, Lynne Roberts, Sheppard Strudwick (as John Shepperd), Jean Del Val (uncredited) and George Zucco. 58 minutes. Black and white. / American Dr Larry Forbes (Strudwick) goes to France in order to ...

Dominion Tank Police

Japanese Original Video Animation (OVA) (1988-1989). Original title Dominion. Based on the Manga by Masamune Shirow. Episodes 1-2: Ginga Teikoku. Directed and written by Kōichi Mashimo. Episodes 3-4: Agent 21. Directed by Takaaki Ishiyama. Written by Futoshi Takano. Voice cast includes Yūko Mita, Michie Tomizawa, Hiromi Tsuru, Jouji Yanami and Yūsaku Yara. Four 37-minute episodes. Colour. / In the crime-ridden future, desperate politicians give the police tanks (see Politics; ...

Garnett, David

(1892-1981) UK author, member of the famous Garnett writing family; those of interest here including his grandfather, Richard Garnett, his father, Edward Garnett, and his mother, the translator Constance Garnett (1862-1946); Garnett was also an intimate member of the Bloomsbury Group. His first novel under his own name is also his most famous, the fantasy Lady into Fox (1922 chap); like its inferior successor, Vercors' Sylva (1961; trans 1962), this is an allegory of metamorphosis, in this ...

Life on Other Worlds

Early interplanetary travellers invariably discovered worlds which were markedly akin to Earth. Without a theory of Evolution for a guide, let alone any but the most primitive awareness of Ecology, the imaginative creation of other-worldly life was inevitably a haphazard and arbitrary process. One notable exception is Johannes Kepler's attempt to imagine lunar life in the last pages of Somnium (1634). There is little in most other pre-twentieth-century accounts to distinguish other worlds from ...

Harness, Charles L

(1915-2005) US patent attorney and author, born in Texas. His first published story was "Time Trap" for Astounding in August 1948, a convoluted Time-Loop tale involving the working of tremendous forces off-stage and a quasi-transcendental experience as the hero goes back in time to remake the world. His subsequent output for the next several years showed a remarkable consistency in echoing and developing these themes. His first two novels, Flight into Yesterday (May 1949 Startling; exp 1953; vt ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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