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Cronocrímenes, Los

Film (2007; vt Timecrimes). Karbo Vantas Entertainment in co-production with Fine Productions and Zip Films, in association with Arsénico PC. Written and directed by Nacho Vigalondo. Cast includes Karra Elejalde, Candela Fernández, Bárbara Goenaga and Vigalondo. 92 minutes. Colour. / Drawn by mysterious goings-on in the adjacent woods, a middle-aged businessman flees from a sinister masked assailant into a research facility with an experimental Time Machine which sends ...

1990

UK tv serial (1977-1978). BBC TV. Produced by Prudence Fitzgerald. Regular cast included Edward Woodward, Barbara Kellerman, Robert Lang, Tony Doyle, Lisa Harrow. Most episodes written Wilfred Greatorex, who devised the series, or Edmund Ward. 16 55-minute episodes. Colour. / Reflecting the fears of the middle classes in the 1970s, this serial, set in a socialist UK of 1990, warns of what could happen if the welfare state continued in its present direction. The country is run by the PCD, an ...

Mad Ghoul, The

Film (1943; vt Mystery of the Ghoul). Universal Pictures. Produced by Ben Pivar. Directed by James P Hogan. Written by Paul Gangelin and Brenda Wiseberg from a story by Hanns Kraly (credited as Hans Kraly). Cast includes Evelyn Ankers, Robert Armstrong, Turhan Bey, David Bruce and George Zucco. 65 minutes. Black and white. / University chemistry Professor Alfred Morris (Zucco) has re-created a nerve gas used by ancient Mayans in human sacrifice rituals. With medical student Ted (Bruce) as ...

Slingshot Ending

A term initially used by Kim Stanley Robinson when attempting to describe the typical ending of a Gene Wolfe tale. The Book of the New Sun (1980-1983 4vols), There Are Doors (1988) and Exodus from the Long Sun (1996) all close as their protagonists begin to move towards a goal which has been anticipated from the beginning. But they move out of frame, out of the end of the book, and the story closes as though before its proper ending. As Robert Frost said in a letter of 1 November 1927 (in ...

Tuca and Bertie

US animated online tv series (2019-current). Netflix. Created by Lisa Hanawalt. Executive producers include Noel Bright, Steven A Cohen, Lisa Hanawalt and Raphael Bob-Waksberg. Directors include Aaron Long and Amy Winfrey. Writers include Gonzalo Cordova, Karen Graci, Lisa Hanawalt and Rachelle R Williams. Voice cast includes Tiffany Haddish, Ali Wong and Steven Yeun. Twenty 25-minute episodes. Colour. / This is the story of outgoing, disorganized Tuca (Haddish) and quiet, anxiety-prone ...

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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