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Rio 70

Film (1969, released 1972; vt Future Woman; vt The Girl from Rio). Ada Films/Fine Products (US). Produced by Harry Alan Towers. Directed by Jesús Franco (credited as Jess Franco). Written by Bruno Leder, Harry Alan Towers (credited as Peter Welbeck) and Franz Eichorn (uncredited). Based on characters created by Sax Rohmer in his Sumuru series. Cast includes Shirley Eaton, Marta Reeves (credited as Martha Reeves), George Sanders and Robert Wyler. 94 minutes. Colour. / Arriving in Rio ...

Pearson, Alec G

(?   -?   ) UK author of a Lost Race tale, The City of Flame!: A Grand, Complete Story of Thrilling Adventure (15 May-7 August 1915 Gem; 1915), set in a City in the mysterious east ruled by a She figure. [JC] see also: Boys' Friend Library; Boys' Papers. /


Film (1968; vt The Peace Game; vt The Gladiators). Sandrews/New Line. Directed by Peter Watkins. Written by Nicholas Gosling, Watkins. Cast includes Frederick Danner, Björn Franzen, Kenneth Lo and Arthur Pentelow. 105 minutes, cut to 91 minutes. Colour. / Watkins uses his customary cinema-verité approach in this Swedish film about a Near Future in which, as a surrogate for full-scale war, small teams of soldiers fight it out under the guidance of a Computer. He generates ...

Grandville, J J

Pseudonym of French caricaturist and illustrator Jean Ignace Isidore Gérard (1803-1847), active from the mid-1820s to 1835, primarily as a caricaturist (until the imposition of prior censorship on political cartoons in 1835). He is of overall interest as a creator of images of Fantastika beginning with Les Métamorphoses du jour ["Metamorphoses of the Day"] (graph 1829) [for revised edition see Checklist], featuring caricatures of known figures conveyed through images with human ...

Wardrope, T A

(?   -    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Upright Gorilla" in Zombie Kong Anthology (anth 2012) edited by James Roy Daley. His first novel, Arcadian Gates (2015), is set in a devastated Near Future Tulsa, Oklahoma, after a mysterious Weapon has caused continent-wide Amnesia and generated a Dystopian world; a mother attempts to recover her daughter. [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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