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Nance, John J

(1946-    ) US author of Orbit (2006), a near-space adventure set in the very Near Future, in which a passenger on an "adventure" Spaceship is left alone after a micrometeorite kills the pilot; his rescue is co-ordinated through an ironized drama of Communications, as the laptop Computer upon which he writes his seemingly dying thoughts is transmitting these thoughts online to millions back on Earth, where he becomes a celebrity. [JC]

When the Wind Blows

Animated film (1986). Meltdown Productions. Directed by Jimmy T Murakami. Written by Raymond Briggs, based on his own When the Wind Blows (graph 1982). Cast includes John Mills and Peggy Ashcroft. 84 minutes. Colour. / Before turning his bestselling Graphic Novel into a screenplay, Briggs made a Radio adaption, with the unfortunate effect that When the Wind Blows is shackled to the non-stop chatter of its two (working-class) characters. Jim (Mills) and Hilda (Ashcroft) live in Sussex, and ...

Mars Attacks!

Film (1996). Warner Bros. Directed by Tim Burton. Written by Jonathan Gems, based on the "Mars Attacks" series of Topps trading cards (1962). Cast includes Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Jim Brown, Glenn Close, Danny DeVito, Michael J Fox, Lukas Haas, Tom Jones, Jack Nicholson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Natalie Portman, Martin Short and Rod Steiger. 106 minutes. Colour. / This anarchic Satire chronicles a Martian Invasion of our planet. When a fleet of flying saucers (see UFOs) is first ...

Munro, C K

Pseudonym of UK civil servant (eventually Principal Assistant Secretary at the British Ministry of Labour) and playwright Charles Walden Kirkpatrick MacMullan (1889-1973), whose The Mountain; Or, the Story of Captain Yevan: A Symbolic Drama (1926) combines Utopia and Ruritania in its use of a fictitious City-state in the eastern heart of Europe as an arena for charged, symbolic discourse. [JC]

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask)

Film (1972). Jack Rollins and Charles H Joffe Productions/United Artists. Directed by Woody Allen. Written by Allen, based on or rather suggested by the nonfiction Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex, But Were Afraid to Ask (1969) by David Reuben. Cast includes Allen, John Carradine, Louise Lasser, Tony Randall, Burt Reynolds and Gene Wilder. 88 minutes. Colour. / This engaging collection of filmed anecdotes satirizes various Sex-related obsessions and movie genres; two episodes ...

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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