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Return, The

Russian animated film (1980; original title Vozvrashchenie). Soyuzmultfilm. Directed by Vladimir Tarasov. Written by Boris Ryakhovsky. Voice cast includes Viktor Balashov, Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy and Vasiliy Livanov. 10 minutes. Colour. / Following a trip to Jupiter a cosmonaut is returning to Earth. However, his Spaceship is hit by meteorites, disabling his automatic landing equipment, meaning he will need to land manually. To keep him calm he is put into an artificial coma for the ...

Pow, Tom

(1950-    ) Scottish poet and author of two Young Adult tales: Scabbit Isle (2003), set in a surreal townscape and countryside haunted by a cemetery where plague victims had been buried centuries earlier; and The Pack (2004), a Young Adult tale set in a Dystopian Near Future UK where the wealthy hide themselves in an armoured Keep called The Invisible City, while the poor scrabble and starve in The Zones and The Forbidden Territories. Analogies with life in twenty-first ...

Lerman, Eleanor

(1952-    ) US author and award-winning poet who has published several books of verse since 1973. Despite its title, her first novel Janet Planet (2011) is not sf. Lerman's second novel is the sf Radiomen (2015), in which Earth-based shortwave radios are found to form part of an Alien-run network that broadcasts prayers across the universe. The middle-aged female protagonist – who as a child once saw one such alien – interacts with others linked to this enigma, ...

Arrow, William

A House Name used by Ballantine Books for the Return to the Planet of the Apes Ties, based not on the Planet of the Apes films but on the later animated Television series. William Rotsler wrote #1 Visions from Nowhere (1976) and #3 Man, the Hunted Animal (1976); Donald J Pfeil wrote #2, Escape from Terror Lagoon (1976). [DRL]

Di Filippo, Paul

(1954-    ) US author whose birth and continued residence in Rhode Island places him at the heart of the Boston-Washington megalopolis (see Cities) that has been his typical venue and focus throughout his career, which began with "Falling Expectations" for Unearth in Winter 1977. He has published widely since, with at least 200 stories appearing in a wide range of journals. Beginning with The Steampunk Trilogy: Victoria; Hottentots; Walt and Emily (coll 1995), which remains ...

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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