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Revenge of the Creature

Film (1955). Universal. Directed by Jack Arnold. Written by Martin Berkeley, story William Alland. Cast includes John Agar, John Bromfield, Ricou Browning and Lori Nelson. 82 minutes. 3D. Black and white. / The success of Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) inspired the inevitable sequel, shot in 3D although seldom projected in that format. This time the Creature (Browning) is captured and taken to an oceanarium in Florida, but it soon breaks out and (some time later, after ...

Klainer, Albert S

(1935-    ) US author of two sf novels in collaboration with his wife Jo-Ann Klainer, The Eleventh Plague (1973; typographical vt The 11th Plague 1976 as Albert S Klainer and Jo-Ann Klainer) as by L T Peters (see Pandemic), and The Judas Gene (1980) with Jo-Ann Klainer. Both mix Horror in SF and Genetic Engineering. [JC]

Horne, Richard Henry

(1803-1884) UK dramatist, poet and author, who changed his name to Richard Hengist Horne in 1867; credited by William Wilson as the author of what is, according to Wilson's Definition of SF, an exemplary work of "Science-Fiction": The Poor Artist, or Seven Eye-Sights and One Object: "Science in Fable" (1850; vt with added essay The Poor Artist, or Seven Eye-Sights and One Object 1871 as by Richard H Horne) anonymous, a didactic tale in which a struggling artist achieves success by reproducing ...

They Came from Beyond Space

Film (1967). Amicus Productions UK/Embassy Pictures Corporation US. Produced by Max Rosenberg and Milton Subotsky. Directed by Freddie Francis. Written by Subotsky based on The Gods Hate Kansas (November 1941 Startling; rev 1964) by Joseph Millard. Special effects by Les Bowie (uncredited). Cast includes Michael Gough, Robert Hutton, Jennifer Jayne, Bernard Kay and Zia Mohyeddin. 85 minutes. Colour. / Scientist Dr Curtis Temple (Hutton) is co-leader of a UK project searching for intelligent ...

Rhodes, W H

(1822-1876) US lawyer, poet and author whose early work, like The Indian Gallows and Other Poems in Two Parts (coll 1846), but who soon began to publish newspaper pieces and stories under the name Caxton, notably The Case of Summerfield (13 May 1871 Sacramento Daily Union; 1907 chap), about a scientist who threatens to use his Invention – a technique for setting the oceans afire using potassium – unless he is paid a huge sum in blackmail. Along with its sequel, four further sf ...

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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