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de Sorr, Angelo

Pseudonym of French author Ludovic Sclafer (1822-1881), whose Le Vampire (1852; trans Brian Stableford as The Vampires of London 2014) expressly shows the influence of John Polidori's The Vampyre (1819 chap) and of the various French versions and mutations of that focal tale. De Sorr uses the Vampire topos as a tool with which to skewer French society, the pantomime grotesqueness of the portrait so generated being sufficiently extreme to create a sense of fantastic alterity. [JC]

Mutations

Film (1973). Getty Picture Corp/Columbia. Directed by Jack Cardiff. Written by Robert D Weinbach, Edward Mann. Cast includes Tom Baker, Michael Dunn, Julie Ege and Donald Pleasence. 92 minutes. Colour. / In this scientifically ludicrous UK film a Mad Scientist (Pleasence) attempts to combine plant with animal life, aided by the dwarf owner of a carnival freak-show (Dunn), who obtains human guinea-pigs for his experiments and exhibits the results. Tom Baker plays the sadistic, deformed ...

Escape from Jupiter

Australian tv series (1994). Film Australia. Produced by Ron Saunders. Executive producers included Ron Saunders and Kagari Tajima. Directors included Fumitaka Tamura and Kate Woods. Writers included Martin Daley, David Ogilvy, John Patterson. Cast included Steve Bisley, Anna Choy, Arthur Dignam, Abe Forsythe, Robyn MacKenzie, Justin Rosniak, Daniel Taylor and Anne Tenney. Thirteen 25-minute episodes. Colour. / Juvenile mini-series, set in the Near Future. This Space Opera begins in a ...

Red Giant

Performance (2014). Composed by Adam Matlock; libretto by Brian Slattery; directed by Britt Olsen-Ecker. Produced by Rhymes With Opera, featuring Elisabeth Halliday (soprano), Bonnie Lander (soprano), and Robert Maril (baritone). / During their 2013-2014 season Rhymes With Opera produced Red Giant, a chamber opera composed by Adam Matlock for three singers and a small orchestra. Sf author Brian Francis Slattery wrote the libretto; this was his first foray into writing for the stage. In the ...

SF Reprise

At the time when both magazines were being published by Roberts & Vinter, some unsold issues of New Worlds and Science Fantasy were bound up in twos and threes and sold as SF Reprise, which had six numbers: all undated but probably 1966. #1, #2 and #5 were assembled from New Worlds; #3, #4 and #6 were from Science Fantasy. For convenience we term these publications Anthologies. Two of the volumes contain entire serial novels, though not in contiguous instalments and thus not regarded by ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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