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Planet of the Apes

1. Film (1968). Apjac/Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by Franklin J Schaffner. Written by Michael Wilson, Rod Serling, based on La planète des singes (1963; trans as Planet of the Apes 1963) by Pierre Boulle. Cast includes Maurice Evans, Charlton Heston, Kim Hunter, Roddy McDowall and James Whitmore. 112 minutes. Colour. / Astronauts crashland on a planet where intelligent apes of three species rule over human savages. One astronaut is killed, one lobotomized, and the survivor ...

Brewster McCloud

Film (1970). Adler-Philips-Lion's Gate Films/MGM. Directed by Robert Altman. Written by Doran William Cannon. Cast includes René Auberjonois, Bud Cort, Shelley Duvall, Stacy Keach, Sally Kellerman, Michael Murphy and William Windom. 104 minutes. Colour. / Made by one of the most important new directors of the 1970s, Robert Altman (who had become celebrated with M*A*S*H and was to become more so with Nashville), Brewster McCloud uses sf ideas embedded in a Fantasy matrix. The story, ...

Giesy, J U

(1877-1947) US physiotherapist, screenwriter and Pulp-magazine writer, author of many stories, most not sf, in Argosy and All-Story Weekly 1914-1934. All for His Country (21 February-14 March 1914 Cavalier; 1915), which combines Future War and Edisonade elements, pits a young inventor's radium-powered plane (see Elements), complete with Antigravity, against the treacherous Japanese, who burn Los Angeles (see California) to the ground, and who boast their own Weapon, an advanced aerial torpedo; ...

Zelitch, Simone

(?   -    ) US academic and author, active since the early 1990s, and at least one of whose novels, Louisa (2000), can be described as Holocaust Fiction. She is of sf interest for her fifth novel, Judenstaat (2016), an Alternate History story whose title directly reflects Theodor Herzl's nonfiction pamphlet, Der Judenstaat ["The Jewish State"] (1896 chap). Her novel is based on the premise that, soon after the conclusion of World War Two, on 4 April 1948, a ...

Isometric

Term used to describe a form of perspective projection sometimes used in Videogames, particularly in those intended for older hardware, for which it could be technically advantageous. Some mathematical complexities are involved, but in essence an isometric view is one in which the lines of perspective are not linear, as in post-Renaissance European art, but parallel, as in classical Chinese scrolls. Thus objects appear in three dimensions but do not diminish with distance. This can allow ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...



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