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Russian film (1979). Mosfilm. Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. Production design Tarkovsky. Written by Arkady and Boris Strugatski, based on their Roadside Picnic (1972; trans 1977). Cast includes Nikolai Grinko, Aleksandr Kaidanovsky and Anatoli Solonitsyn. 161 minutes. Black and white and colour. / The original novel tells of a mysterious Zone in Canada where enigmatic artefacts can be found, left there like picnic litter by aliens. Tarkovsky's somewhat inaccessible film, set in a desolate, ...

Clark, F le Gros

(1892-1977) UK author, mostly of expert, reformist studies in the fields of nutrition and ageing; blinded during active service in World War One; his surname is sometimes given as Le Gros Clark. His first novel, Apparition (1928), speculates on contemporary cultural upheavals in terms short of the fantastic. His sf novel, Between Two Men: A Novel (1935), is set in an implied Near Future, focusing on a complex conflict between an embryologist and the doctor who murders the former's new-born ...

Sobchack, Vivian

(1940-    ) US author of academic film criticism, notably The Limits of Infinity: The American Science Fiction Film 1950-1975 (1980), expanded as Screening Space: The American Science Fiction Film (1987), retaining the unaltered text of the earlier book but adding a long final chapter, "Postfuturism", which gives a reading of sf Cinema developed from the critical theories of Fredric Jameson (see Postmodernism and SF). The original text is among the most sophisticated ...

Scarlet – The Film Magazine

US letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine printed on middle-grade paper. Publisher and editor: Harry Long. Ten numbered, undated issues, 2008 to 2013. Publication schedule irregular. / This follow-up to Scarlet Street magazine was founded by former staff member Long – in company with others connected to the previous title – as a Semiprozine which focused more closely on classic Horror and sf cinema than its predecessor. Films covered included The Lost World (1925) and The ...

Tiphaigne de la Roche, C F

(1729-1774) French author of some works of fantasy with Proto-SF elements, three of which were miscellaneously assembled as Amilec; Ou la graine d'hommes qui sert à peupler les planétes (1753; trans anon as Amilec; Or, the Seeds of Mankind 1753), Zamar, député à la Lune par Amilec ["Zamar, Delegated to the Moon by Amilec"] [for full subtitle see Checklist] (1754 2vols) and L'Empire des zaziris sure les humains; Ou, la zazirocratie ["The Empire of the Zaziris ...

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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