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Forbidden Planet

Film (1956). MGM. Directed by Fred McLeod Wilcox. Written by Cyril Hume, based on a story by Irving Block and Allen Adler. Cast includes Anne Francis, Earl Holliman, Leslie Nielsen, Walter Pidgeon and Warren Stevens. 98 minutes. Colour. / Although Wilcox was new to sf Cinema – his best-known film was Lassie Come Home (1943) – Forbidden Planet is one of the most attractive movies in the genre. Some of the more interesting resonances of Forbidden Planet stem from its being an ...

Butterfly Effect, The

Film (2004). New Line Cinema presents a Benderspink/FilmEngine production. Directed by J Mackye Gruber and Eric Bress. Written by Gruber, Bress. Cast includes John Patrick Amedori, Irene Gorovaia, Elden Henson, Ashton Kutcher, William Lee Scott, Amy Smart and Melora Walters. 113 minutes (115 minutes director's cut). Colour. / Young Evan Treborn, "Event Reborn" (Kutcher, Amedori), has a traumatic childhood in which he suffers periodic "blackouts" in times of stress, having no memory of what ...

Forest, Louis

Pseudonym of French lawyer, politician, playwright and author Louis Nathan (1872-1933), who is of sf interest for On Vole des Enfants à Paris ["We Steal Children in Paris"] (25 June-23 September 1906 Le Matin as "Le Voleur d'enfants"; cut 1909; trans Brian Stableford as Someone Is Stealing Children in Paris 2013), in which a morally ambivalent figure of German origin is enlisted to solve the mysterious kidnapping of children in Paris. In the end, it seems clear that the children are ...

Phair, Colette

(1982-    ) US author whose first novel, Nightmare in Silicon (2007), set in a Near Future where Medicine has sufficiently advanced to allow Identity Transfer of minds from diseased bodies to impervious Robot housings; the dying protagonist's experience of this process sharply evokes a range of Feminist arguments, centring on coercive definitions of women in terms of Sex. [JC]

Jeter, K W

(1950-    ) US author of importance as an author of horror novels, the highly charged claustrophobia of his style fitting the essential affect of that genre rather better than it does sf. His early work, generally conceived in sf terms, gives off an air of hectic congestion which sometimes interferes with the presentation of ideas, with the cognitively unencumbered articulation of some barrier through which the story (and its protagonists) penetrate; for him, as for most ...

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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