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Beneath the Planet of the Apes

Film (1970). Apjac/Twentieth Century Fox. Director Ted Post. Written by Paul Dehn, Mort Abrahams, based on characters created by Pierre Boulle. Cast includes James Franciscus, Linda Harrison, Charlton Heston and Kim Hunter. 95 minutes. Colour. / In this first and best of four sequels to Planet of the Apes another time-warped astronaut (Franciscus) crashlands on the ape world. Like his predecessor he is captured, befriended by the sympathetic chimpanzee Zira (Hunter), and meets the girl ...

Shelton, Artemus

(?   -    ) US author whose first sf novel, I See You with Extrasensory Eyes (2002), is a love story conducted by Telepathy in the midst of a Space Opera war that threatens humanity; I Hope the World Can Take It (2007), which is set in Brooklyn (see New York), similarly deals with Psi Powers, in this case a photographic Memory that can be turned to shape the future. [JC]

Grier, Sydney C

Pseudonym of UK author Hilda Caroline Gregg (1868-1933), whose Graustarkian (see George Barr McCutcheon; Ruritania) Balkan trilogy, beginning with An Uncrowned King: A Romance of High Politics (December 1895-June 1896 Blackwood's Magazine anon; 1896), edges into the Near Future with a campaign (failed) to return Palestine to the Jews. [JC]

Bad Taste

Film (1987). WingNut. Produced, directed, edited and special effects by Peter Jackson. Written by Jackson with additional material by Ken Hammond and Tony Hiles. Cast includes Jackson, Mike Minett, Pete O'Herne, Terry Potter and Doug Wren. 92 minutes cut to 91 minutes. Colour. / Aliens invade a small town to kill humans and use them as a meat-source in a new galactic fast-food franchise, but the Invasion is defeated, in this deliberately tasteless (hence the title) low-budget New Zealand ...

World War Two

The 1939-1945 War was the central military convulsion of the twentieth century, anticipated in numerous Future War scenarios and succeeded – thanks to the climactic use of Nuclear Energy-based Weapons against Japanese Cities – by several Cold War decades overshadowed by the prospect of a nuclear World War Three. The continuing sense that Germany's defeat in the European arena had been far from inevitable spawned a substantial Alternate History subgenre discussed at length in the ...

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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