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Animated film (2009). Pixar/Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Pete Docter. Written by Bob Peterson and Docter, based on a story by Docter, Peterson and Thomas McCarthy. Cast includes Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai and Christopher Plummer. 93 minutes. Colour. / A Lost World adventure with Steampunk flourishes, Up is most notable for containing two of the most effective tear-jerking scenes in cinema history. The first of these takes place at the outset of the film in an unforgettable montage that ...

Ramdagger, Geoffrey

Almost certainly a pseudonym used by the unidentified US author (?   -    ) of Sexualis 1984 (1973), a Sex novel set in a disturbing Near Future. [JC]

Hadrosaur Tales

US low-paying Semiprozine published by Hadrosaur Productions, Las Cruces, New Mexico, edited by David Lee Summers. It ran for 21 undated issues from October 1995 to December 2004. Hadrosaur Productions had been set up by Kumie Wise while at the University of Arizona in order to present audio productions of science fiction and fantasy stories. When the company moved to New Mexico, David Summers joined them as editor of a new magazine, Hadrosaur Tales, seen by the publisher as an occasional ...

Rand, Peter

(1942-    ) US author of The Time of the Emergency (1977), an sf novel set in a world subsequent to a nuclear Holocaust – but how much farther into the future it is hard to distinguish – so that the abstract desert and surreal hotel that provide a stage for the four protagonists' shattered behaviour may in fact be described as inhabiting a Ruined Earth. [JC]

SF in the Classroom

In September 1953 Sam Moskowitz began to teach what was almost certainly the first sf course in the USA to be given through a college. The course was on Science Fiction Writing, was delivered on a non-credit basis through the City College of New York, and was presented with the collaboration of a popular-science writer, Robert Frazier (not to be confused with the sf poet Robert Frazier). For the Autumn 1953 sessions, Moskowitz arranged for several sf writers – including Isaac Asimov, ...

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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