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Flipside of Dominick Hide, The

Made-for-tv film (1980). BBC TV. Directed by Alan Gibson. Teleplay Gibson, Jeremy Paul. Cast includes Peter Firth, Pippa Guard, Caroline Langrishe and Patrick Magee. 95 minutes. Colour. / This was an unexpected success, winning several awards. Hide (Firth) travels back in a flying saucer (see UFOs) from the somewhat austere 2130 CE to contemporary London to do historical research. A Candide-figure, he is confused but cheerful about what he finds, falls in love, and (of course) becomes his ...


Film (2011). Relativity in association with Virgin Produced presents a Rogue/Many Rivers/Boy of the Year production in association with Intermedia Film. Directed by Neil Burger. Written by Leslie Dixon, based on the novel The Dark Fields (2001) by Alan Glynn. Cast includes Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, Robert de Niro, Anna Friel and Andrew Howard. 105 minutes. Colour. / A blocked sf novelist acquires an illicit stash of genius (and eidetic-Memory) pills and reinvents himself as a financial ...

McKeag, Ernest L

(1896-1974) UK author who began writing boys' fiction in 1921, some of it featuring the occasional sf McGuffin and several Lost Worlds. In his later career he published many non-sf novels under the House Name "Griff". The Lost City of the Sierras (1927 chap) is a Lost World tale set Underground; Invaded by Mars (1934) and Terror from the Stratosphere (1937), both as by Jack Maxwell, are juvenile sf. The Shuna sequence – Shuna, White Queen of the Jungle (1951) and Shuna and the Lost Tribe ...

Tomlinson, Patrick S

(?   -    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Dig Up the Vote" in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #47 circa August/September 2010, followed by two Ties to the fantasy Videogame Abyss Walker. His first solo series, the Young Adult Children of Lost Earth sequence beginning with The Ark (2015), is of sf interest for its widescreen enactment of topoi out of the Space Opera toolkit (see SF Megatext). The protagonists of the first ...

Williams, Raymond

(1921-1988) Welsh author, Professor of Drama at Cambridge University, literary and cultural critic, famous for incisive studies of the interconnections between literature and society. His 1956 essay "Science Fiction" (December 1956 The Highway), republished in Science Fiction Studies in November 1988, distinguishes three main kinds of contemporary sf: Utopia, doomsday (see Disaster; End of the World) and space Anthropology. It concludes with a very positive treatment of James Blish's A Case of ...

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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