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Defenders of the Earth

US animated tv series (1986-1991). Marvel Productions/King Features Entertainment for the Fox Television Network. Created by Gerry Conway, Ross Andru and John Romita Sr. Produced by John Ahern, Bill Hutten, Tony Love, Don Sheppard, others. Directors included John Gibbs, Ray Lee, and Will Meugniot. Writers included Chris Bunch, Arthur Byron Cover, Mark Edward Edens, Mel Gilden and Mark Zaslove. Cast includes William Calloway, Adam Carl, Ron Feinberg, Buster Jones, Loren Lester, Sara Partridge, ...

Kahler, Jack

(?   -    ) US author of a soft-porn sf novel (see Sex), Latex Lady (1964; vt Rubber Dolly 1966), about an Android sex toy. [JC]

Ho-Yen, Polly

(?   -    ) UK author whose early novels have been designed for Young Adult readers, beginning with Boy in the Tower (2014), which is mostly set in a high-rise in a desolate Near Future Dystopian London menaced by a Disaster of unknown origin: giant mobile plants that devour buildings. Where Monsters Lie (2016) replays some of the structure of its predecessor, but as fantasy; Fly Me Home (2017), again set in London, gifts its young protagonist with Magic ...

Prophecy

Film (1979). Paramount. Directed by John Frankenheimer. Written by David Seltzer. Cast includes Armand Assante, Richard A Dysart, Robert Foxworth and Talia Shire. 102 minutes. Colour. / A mercuric fungicide used by a Maine pulp-mill under the directorship of Bethel Isely (Dysart) has mutagenic effects, bringing Minimata disease and miscarriages to the local Native Americans – who are led by John Hawks (Assante) – and creating gigantism among the area's wildlife (see Great and ...

Kinvig

UK tv series (1981). London Weekend Television. Created and written by Nigel Kneale. Produced and directed by Les Chatfield. Cast includes Prunella Gee, Tony Haygarth, Colin Jeavons and Patsy Rowlands. Seven 25-minute episodes. Colour. / This most recent of Kneale's many sf plays and series for television was a sitcom, fuelled apparently by a certain animus against sf Fandom, about two lunatic fans living seedy urban lives, one of whom (Haygarth) has a fat wife (Rowlands) and a fat dog, and ...

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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