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Radar Men from the Moon

Serial Film (1951). Republic. Directed by Fred C Brannon. Written by Ronald Davidson. Cast includes William Bakewell, Roy Barcroft, Clayton Moore, Aline Towne and George Wallace. 12 episodes totalling 167 minutes. Black and white. / Because of their dangerously thinning atmosphere, the inhabitants of the Moon seek to invade and conquer the Earth; their first step is to send one Moon man to Earth to direct human henchmen to launch a series of destructive attacks using an atomic Ray Gun. ...

Jacobson, Mark

(1948-    ) US journalist – best known for his 1970s work for the Village Voice in New York – and author of an elaborately confabulated sf/fantasy novel, Gojiro (1991); the tale is seen through the eyes of a mild-mannered Monster, a Mutant lizard named after the Japanese film monster Gojira. Gojiro is a kind of Candide (see Voltaire), and his adventures with the kind and the cruel – especially on Radioactive Island (see Island), where radiation-damaged ...

Ultraviolet

UK tv series (1998). Channel 4, World Productions. Directed by Joe Ahearne. Written by Joe Ahearne. Cast includes Colette Brown, Jack Davenport, Idris Elba, Susannah Harker, Stephen Moyer, Philip Quast and Corin Redgrave. Six 50-minute episodes. Colour. / London detective Michael Colefield (Davenport) is co-opted into a covert task force investigating crimes committed by a group of Secret Masters, never explicitly identified, but unmistakably Vampires. / Ultraviolet succeeds at ...

Torchwood

UK tv series (2006-2011). Created by Russell T Davies. Producers include Davies, Julie Gardner, and Chris Chibnall. Directors include Andy Goddard, Ashley Way, and Euros Lyn. Writers include Davies, Chibnall, John Fay, and Catherine Tregenna. Cast includes John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness, Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper, Burn Gorman as Owen Harper (seasons 1-2), Naoko Mori as Toshiko Sato (seasons 1-2), and Gareth David-Lloyd as Ianto Jones (seasons 1-3). Four seasons; 41 60-minute episodes. / ...

Bredenberg, Jeff

(1953-2010) US author known in the sf field primarily for his Dream Compass sequence of Post-Holocaust novels, comprising The Dream Compass (1991) and The Dream Vessel (1992). Though the venue is not innovatory – in a continent named Merqua [ie America], a geriatric "Monitor" attempts to stifle the young, who wish to be permitted to read again; and a rebel band escapes to a more enlightened Island culture, from which new worlds of hope may lie in the offing – Bredenberg conveys his ...

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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