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Film (1970). Sweet Music/Lowndes Productions/United Artists. Written and directed by Val Guest. Cast includes Karl Chambers, Vic Cooper, Roy Dotrice, Olivia Newton-John and Benny Thomas. 95 minutes. Colour. / This is an unsuccessful attempt by producer Harry Saltzman, best known for the James Bond films, to mix pop Music with sf. An embarrassingly made-to-order pop group is kidnapped by Aliens from outer space (who have detected their vibrations) and taken to their planet for the purpose of ...

Maddock, Reginald

(1912-1994) UK author, mostly for Young Adult readers. His first sf novel, The Time Maze (1960), is a literate Time Travel tale whose protagonists, lost in a mysterious cave, find that its innumerable luminescent passages take them to exemplary experiences in three past eras: the time of the Dinosaurs, of Neanderthal man, and in a Neolithic community. Unusually, it is women not men who are seen to be emblematic of Evolution at work. The second paragraph of the tale paraphrases the memorable ...

SF Color Poster Book

US letter-size Cinema poster magazine printed on slick paper. Publisher: Starlog/Lamplight Studios. Editor: possibly Herman Zimmerman. Five numbered issues, 1978 to 1979. / This short-lived poster-magazine from O'Quinn Studios carried brief articles, mostly on contemporary Television programmes, together with some film coverage. When unfolded, the magazine became a large poster of the cover subject along with smaller pin-up photographs of others. Subjects covered included the films ...

Hotston, Stewart

(?   -    ) UK author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Haecceity" in La Femme (anth 2014) edited by Ian Whates. His sf series, the Oligarchy sequence beginning with A Family War (2016), is set in a high-Technology Dystopian fairly-distant Near Future ruled by an arrogant Pariah Elite of the long-lived (see Immortality) whose mega-corporation becomes only more despotic as time passes; soon enough, resistance groups begin to flourish. Hotston's ...

King, Graham

(1930-1999) UK author of a Near Future sf thriller, Killtest (1978), in which British security forces must combat a secret ring of gladiatorial conflicts (see Games and Sports) to the death. King should not be confused with the UK film director Graham King (1961-    ). [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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