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Gun Parade March

Kōkidō Gensō Gun Parade March ["High Mobile Machine Fantasy Gun Parade March"] Videogame (2000). Alfa System. PlayStation (2000). / In the closing days of World War Two, the world is invaded by the genjū ("phantom beasts"). Fifty-four years on, Japan has instituted a military draft of teenagers in order to pilot its Humanoid Walking Tanks (see Mecha) in the continued war of resistance against Aliens who have occupied half the planet. The narrative focuses on the 5121st ...

Big Pull, The

UK tv serial (1962). BBC. Producer Terence Dudley. Written Robert Gould. Cast includes William Dexter, Susan Purdie, June Tobin and Frederick Treves. Six 30-minute episodes. Black and white. / This fondly remembered thriller about alien Invasion, quite generously budgeted, has an astronaut returning to Earth after contamination by something strange in the Van Allen belts. There follow a series of strange "fusions" in which pairs of humans, one "dead" and one disappeared, return as single, ...

Pan's Labyrinth

Spanish-Mexican film (2006). Original title El laberinto del fauno. Directed and written by Guillermo Del Toro. CafeFX, Esperanto Filmoj, Estudios Picasso, OMM, Sententia Entertainment, Telecinco, Tequila Gang, Wild Bunch. Cast includes Pablo Adán, Álex Angulo, Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Doug Jones, Sergi López and Maribel Verdú. 119 minutes. Colour. / Long ago, Princess Moanna of the Underworld ascended a spiral staircase to reach the Earth's surface, only to ...

Hager, Mandy

Working name of New Zealand teacher and author Amanda Hager (1960-    ), most of whose early work – like her first novel, Run For The Trees (1999) – was nonfantastic. Of sf interest is the Young Adult Blood of the Lamb sequence, comprising The Crossing (2009), Into the Wilderness (2010) and Resurrection (2011), a Ruined Earth tale set initially on an isolated Island in the Pacific, where a racist Dystopia (see Race in SF) has been established by white "Apostles", ...

van Belkom, Edo

(1962-    ) Canadian author and editor, principally of horror and fantasy, who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Basement" for On Spec for Fall 1990 and has also written as Evan Hollander. He contributed two novels to the long-running Deathlands sequence of Post-Holocaust Survivalist Fiction, his first being Deathlands #61: Skydark Spawn (2003) as by James Axler (whom see for more). His Young Adult Wolf Pack Urban Fantasy sequence [see The Encyclopedia 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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