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Cassiday, Bruce

(1920-2005) US editor and author, who worked as editor with various Pulp-magazine publishers (mainly Popular Publications) and for Argosy from the May 1955 issue for some years. He wrote nonfiction under his own name, and fiction under various pseudonyms and/or House Names, including Carson Bingham, Mary Anne Drew, C K Fong, Annie Laurie McMurdie and Con Steffanson. His four sf novels are Ties: Gorgo (1960) as by Carson Bingham; Flash Gordon 4: The Time Trap of Ming XIII (1974) as by Con ...

Nippon Chinbotsu

1. Film (1973; vt The Submersion of Japan; vt Tidal Wave US). Directed by Shiro Moritani. Written by Shinobu Hashimoto, based on Nippon Chinbotsu (1973; cut trans as Japan Sinks 1976) by Sakyō Komatsu. Cast includes Hiroshi Fujioka, Ayumi Ishida, Keiju Kobayashi and Tetsuro Tamba. 140 minutes, cut to 110 minutes, then to 81 minutes. Colour. / This film is more sophisticated than the usual Japanese Disaster or Monster Movie, and involves natural rather than fantastic forces. Changes ...

Pakenham, Ivo

(1903-1980) UK interior decorator, antiques dealer and author whose one novel, Fanfaronade (1934), is a tale involving Timeslip from 1928 to France in 1474. The protagonist, who has lost his Memory (see Amnesia), spends some adventurous years in this world, until recovering his memory he awakens again in the contemporary world. [JC]

Escape from Jupiter

Australian tv series (1994). Film Australia. Produced by Ron Saunders. Executive producers included Ron Saunders and Kagari Tajima. Directors included Fumitaka Tamura and Kate Woods. Writers included Martin Daley, David Ogilvy, John Patterson. Cast included Steve Bisley, Anna Choy, Arthur Dignam, Abe Forsythe, Robyn MacKenzie, Justin Rosniak, Daniel Taylor and Anne Tenney. Thirteen 25-minute episodes. Colour. / Juvenile mini-series, set in the Near Future. This Space Opera begins in a ...

Tarkovsky, Andrei

(1932-1987) Russian film-maker. A graduate of the Soviet State Film School, Tarkovsky attained prominence in Russia with his first film, Ivanovo Detstvo (1962; vt Ivan's Childhood; vt My Name Is Ivan), the story of an orphan cut off behind enemy lines during World War Two. With his next feature, Andrei Roublev (1966; release delayed until 1971), Tarkovsky fell foul of the Soviet censors with his dark vision of the life of the fifteenth-century icon painter. His sf reputation rests on two long ...

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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