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Davison, Peter

Stage name of UK actor Peter Malcolm Gordon Moffett (1951-    ), best known in sf circles for his 1982-1984 role as the fifth incarnation of Doctor Who (1963-current). His name features in the titles of two Anthologies of Children's SF which were in fact edited anonymously by Richard Evans: Peter Davison's Book of Alien Monsters ...


Animated film (2004). Sori. Directed by Shinji Aramaki. Written by Haruka Handa, Tsutomo Kamishiro, based on the Manga Appleseed (begun 1985) by Masamune Shirow. 105 minutes. Colour. / This is the second adaptation of this manga, after the cruder, made-for-video Appleseed (1988). Appleseed is set in a future where most of Earth has been reduced to cinders by global conflict, and ...

Rocket Man, The

Film (1954; vt McCluskey Strikes a Blow [original script title]). Panoramic Productions/20th Century Fox Film Corporation. Produced by Leonard Goldstein. Directed by Oscar Rudolph. Written by Lenny Bruce and Jack Henley from a story by George W George and George F Slavin. Cast includes John Agar, Spring Byington, Charles Coburn, Anne Francis, Emory Parnell and George "Foghorn" Winslow. 79 minutes. Black and white. / Young Timmy (Winslow) has obtained a ...

Treggiari, Jo

(1965-    ) UK-born author in Canada from an early age. The Curious Misadventures of Feltus Ovalton (2006), for younger children, carries its child protagonist to various Monster-packed Parallel Worlds, more or less by Magic;the young protagonist of the Young Adult tales Ashes, Ashes (2011) survives in Central Park a ...

Operation Ganymed

Film (1977). Pentagrama/Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen. Written and directed by Rainer Erler. Cast includes Horst Frank, Uwe Friedrichsen, Claud Theo Gaestner, Dieter Laser, Jurgen Prochnow and Vicky Roskilly. 126 minutes, cut to 120 minutes. Colour. / This grim German film emerges as a realist response to fantasies like Planet of the Apes (1968). On their return to Earth, five survivors of a three-ship, 21-man mission to Ganymede crashland ...

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 ...

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