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Creature

US tv mini-series (1998). Hallmark Entertainment Distribution/MGM Television for ABC-TV. Produced by Brent-Karl Clackson. Directed by Stuart Gillard. Written by Rockne S O'Bannon, based on the novel White Shark (1994; vt Creature 1997) by Peter Benchley (1940-2006). Cast includes Kim Cattralls, Colm Feore, Craig T Nelson and Brian Steele. Special effects by Stan Winston. 240 minutes. Colour. / During the Vietnam War, the US Navy attempts to create a living amphibious Weapon by splicing ...

Nowlan, Philip Francis

(1888-1940) US author whose first sf story, "Armageddon – 2419 A.D." (August 1928 Amazing) – published in the same issue of Amazing Stories that featured the inception of E E "Doc" Smith's Skylark saga – introduced Anthony "Buck" Rogers to the world, helping to inaugurate the reign of full-grown interstellar Space Opera in American sf. This and a sequel, "The Airlords of Han" (March 1929 Amazing), were revised and put together in 1962, long after Nowlan's death, as Armageddon ...

Uncanny Stories

US Pulp magazine, one issue, April 1941, published by Manvis Publications, one of the "Red Circle" magazines published by Martin Goodman; edited by Robert O Erisman. Uncanny contained both sf and weird fantasy, including "The Coming of the Giant Germs" by Ray Cummings, but nothing of importance. Erisman suitably sexed up the story titles, for example making David H Keller's innocuous "The Chestnut Mare" appear as "Speed Will Be My Bride". Uncanny was modelled on the "weird menace" pulps that ...

Virus

1. Film (1981); vt of Fukkatsu no Hi. / 2. Film (1998). Universal Pictures and Mutual Film Company present a Dark Horse Entertainment/Valhalla Motion Pictures production. Produced by Gale Anne Hurd. Directed by John Bruno. Written by Chuck Pfarrer, Dennis Feldman, based on the comic Virus (1992-1993) by Pfarrer. Cast includes William Baldwin, Jamie Lee Curtis, Joanna Pacula and Donald Sutherland. 99 minutes. Colour. / In this run-of-the-mill Monster Movie a tugboat crew come across an ...

Winchester, Simon

(1944-    ) UK journalist and author, for many years resident in the USA, a citizen of that country from 2011, active as a journalist from the 1960s. He is the author of several nonfiction studies of world politics, many of which edge into Futures Studies territory, including Pacific: The Ocean of the Future (2015), which takes a sharply negative view of Japanese industries. He is of specific sf interest for the Near Future Pacific Nightmare: How Japan Starts World War III: ...

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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