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Movie Club

US letter-size saddle-stapled Media Magazine. Publisher: Movie Club Incorporated. Editors: Don Dohler and Don Leifert. ?12 issues published on an erratic schedule, 1993 to 1997. / Though other genres were covered, much of Movie Club's content was devoted to Horror and sf films including The Black Scorpion (1957), The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) and Frankenstein (1931). Notables featured included Boris Karloff along with performers such as Yvette Vickers who had achieved minor cult ...

Jarre, Jean Michel

(1948-    ) French composer and performer of electronic synthesizer pieces. There is no explicit sf content to the instrumental suites Oxygene (1976), Equinoxe (1978) and Les Chants Magnétiques (1981) but it is hard to escape the sense that these bleepy, throbbing, soaring soundscapes are aural SF. Jarre is certainly fascinated by space. The last track of Rendez-Vous (1986), "La Derniere Rendez-Vous" is dedicated to Jarre's friend Ron McNair, the American astronaut ...

MacDonald, George

(1824-1905) Scottish author and editor, father of Ronald MacDonald and grandfather of Philip MacDonald, perhaps now best known for his fantasies for children and his fairy tales [see Checklist]. His former occupation as a clergyman was reflected in his allegorical fantasies: Phantastes: A Faerie Romance for Men and Women (1858), comprising a Pilgrim's Progress through a secondary world in search of adulthood; and Lilith: A Romance (1895; rev vt Lilith: A Romance: With Introductory Key, a ...

Hay, John

Working name of Australian author and farmer John Warwick Dalrymple-Hay (1928-    ). In his sf novel, The Invasion (1968), World War Three begins after a US test missile devastates China, whose retaliation includes a nuclear attack on the coastal cities of Australia. Inland survivors band together to resist the invaders. [JC]

Weiss, Jiri

(1913-2004) Austro-Hungarian [ie Czech] film director and author, active as a maker of documentaries in 1930s Czechoslovakia, in the UK during World War Two where he made propaganda films, active as a director in France from 1947, in USA from 1969. He is of sf interest for The Lost Government; Or, Do You Really Like It?: A Fairy Play for Grown-Ups (1945), a Near Future Satire set just after the end of World War Two, as a government-in-exile returns to its freed country, finds that the populace ...

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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