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Crimson Pirate, The

Film (1952). Hecht-Lancaster Productions/Warner Brothers. Produced by Harold Hecht. Directed by Robert Siodmak. Written by Roland Kibbee. Cast includes Eva Bartok, Leslie Bradley, Nick Cravat, James Hayter, Burt Lancaster, Frederick Leister and Torin Thatcher. 105 minutes. Colour. / In the late eighteenth century, the pirate Captain Vallo (Lancaster), also known as The Crimson Pirate, captures a Royal Navy vessel bound for the fictional Caribbean Island of Cobra with Baron José Gruda ...


Turkish animated film (2019). Directed and written by Gökalp Gönen. Voice cast comprises Damla Çay and Sermet Yesil. 20 minutes. Colour. / After seeing Isaac Asimov's Laws of Robotics, we cut to an old man (Yesil) in a Spaceship complaining to his Robot (Çay) that, after travelling for "hundreds or maybe thousands of years", it has rejected the 55 habitable planets they have visited, often for minor reasons; it responds, "As long as your health is at risk, I don't ...

Dangerous Visions

Original Anthology series edited by Harlan Ellison. Dangerous Visions (anth 1967), whose success inspired its successors, was a massive and influential anthology of 33 stories and copious prefatory material; it became strongly identified with the New Wave in the USA. Among its stories, "Aye, and Gomorrah ..." by Samuel R Delany, "Gonna Roll the Bones" by Fritz Leiber and "Riders of the Purple Wage" by Philip José Farmer won major awards, respectively a Nebula as best short story, a Hugo ...

Creswick, Paul

(1866-1947) UK author, who began publishing work of some genre interest with "The Only Prince" for The Quarto in 1897, whose Robin Hood and His Adventures (1902; vt Robin Hood 1917) is one of the finest adaptations of the cycle, and whose The Beaten Path: A Fantasy (1924) is a capable ghost story. Of sf interest is The Turning Wheel (1928) for its combination of mystical themes with contemporary Disaster motifs: as the sea inundates most of Britain, the protagonists escape London and eventually ...

Wilson, D Harlan

(1971-    ) US author whose first publication, The Kafka Effekt (coll of linked stories 2001), assembles and interlinks a pattern of short narratives, proclaimedly post-modern in their structuring (see Postmodernism and SF), and clearly intended to surrealize the parable abyss of Franz Kafka, while evoking twenty-first century cultural Amnesia and visions of the planetary Media Landscape gone berserk. Stranger on the Loose (coll 2004) and Pseudo-City (coll of linked stories ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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