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Scream and Scream Again

Film (1969). Amicus, American International Pictures. Directed by Gordon Hessler. Written by Christopher Wicking, based on The Disorientated Man (1966; vt Scream and Scream Again 1967) by Peter Saxon. Cast includes Michael Gothard, Christopher Lee, Alfred Marks and Vincent Price. 94 minutes. Colour. / This blend of policier, cold-war political thriller, Frankenstein and Vampire movie, initially ignored, was later seen by some cinéastes as one of the major UK sf films. An enjoyable ...

Robots [performance]

Performance (2009). Produced by Le Voyage Extraordinaire. Directed and conceived by Christian Denisart. Set design by Gilbert Maire; costume design by Cécile Collet; music by Lee Maddeford; choreography by Corinne Rochet and Nicholas Pettit. Cast includes Laurence Iseli and Branch Worsham. / Robots is an amalgam of dramatic musical performance and dance Theatre. The production premiered on 1 May 2009 at the Théâtre Barnabe in Servion, Switzerland. Performed without ...

Pratt, Cornelia Atwood

Working and maiden name of Cornelia Atwood Comer (1865-1929), author with Richard Slee of Dr Berkeley's Discovery (1899), in which the titular pathologist solves a mystery with his memory-cell-reading device (see Psychology). In an early variation on the Urban Legend that a dead person's retinas retain the last image seen, this Invention recovers latent visual images from the murder victim's brain tissue. [JC/DRL]

Seibel, George

(1872-1958) US journalist, poet and author, of sf interest for The Fall: Being a True Account of What Happened in Paradise, for the Benefit of All Scandal-Mongers, with a New Interpretation of Sacred History, Vindicating Snakes and Apples (1919 chap), an allegorized exercise in Prehistoric SF involving an advanced civilization of Homo sapiens which moves en masse to Venus, leaving behind one recalcitrant couple (see Adam and Eve; Origin of Man). [JC]

Norris, Frank

(1907-1967) US editor and author of an sf Satire, Nutro 29: A Romance (1950), in which the Invention of a Food Pill, which eliminates any need to treat feeding the world as subject to considerations of scarcity, is received coldly by those in power. He should not be confused with the author Frank Norris (1870-1902). [JC]

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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