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Big Eyes, Small Mouth

Role Playing Game (1997). Guardians of Order (GOO). Designed by Mark MacKinnon. / Big Eyes, Small Mouth is a generic system used for playing games inspired by Japanese Anime and Manga, both those based on specific series and those which simply share the form's characteristic themes and enthusiasm for melodrama. The title refers to a heavily stylized approach to depicting human features often used in its source material. The game's mechanics are simple and flexible, designed to be used with ...

Pape, Gordon

(1936-    ) US-born journalist author, in Canada from 1950; his sf novel, Chain Reaction (1978) with Tony Aspler, concern the Near Future assassination of a Canadian politician that threatens World War Three. [JC]

Yolen, Jane

(1939-    ) US author who began publishing poems and articles when still in college, and who first came to notice with books for children, the first of many being Pirates in Petticoats (1963). Of her circa 365 titles to date, many of which have won awards in her field, most are for children (see listing below for some of these), many of them being picture books for younger children; most of her adult fiction, of which she has written relatively little, is Fantasy, told in a ...

Lost Continent, The

Film (1968). Hammer/Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by Michael Carreras. Written by Michael Nash, based on Uncharted Seas (1938) by Dennis Wheatley. Cast includes Hildegard Knef, Suzanna Leigh, Eric Porter and Darryl Read. 98 minutes. Colour. / A ramshackle freighter wanders into the Sargasso Sea and becomes trapped in a "lost continent" (see Lost Worlds) of seaweed. Passengers and crew then face the onslaught of various menaces, including a giant octopus, a giant crab, carnivorous seaweed ...

Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze

Film (1975). Warner Bros. Directed by Michael Anderson. Written by George Pal and Joseph Morheim, based on The Man of Bronze: Doc Savage and his Pals in a Novel of Unusual Adventure (March 1933 Doc Savage magazine; 1933) by Lester Dent writing as Kenneth Robeson. Cast includes Ron Ely and Paul Wexler. 100 minutes. Colour. / There were 181 novels in Doc Savage magazine, and at one point producer George Pal announced that he hoped to film them all; but this, based on the first of them, was a ...

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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