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Buchard, Robert

(1931-    ) Swiss-born soldier, journalist and author long resident in France, whose sf novel, Trente Secondes sur New York (1969; trans June P Wilson and Walter B Michaels as Thirty Seconds Over New York 1970), depicts the Near Future nuclear bombing of New York by a Chinese plane that replaces a destroyed civilian airliner in midflight. The pilot is happy to sacrifice his own life in order to accomplish the mission; the 1977 paperback printing shows a civilian plane ...

Cyrano de Bergerac

The form of his name under which French soldier and author Hector Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac (1619-1655) is best known. He fought with the Gascon Guard but retired after sustaining bad wounds. He is famous as the hero of a play by Edmond Rostand (1868-1918), Cyrano de Bergerac (performed 1897; 1898; trans Gladys Thomas and Mary E Guillemard 1898), which made legends of his swordsmanship and the size of his nose. Parts only of his major work of Proto SF – the manuscript of which was ...

AVP Alien vs Predator

Film (2004). Twentieth Century Fox presents a Davis Entertainment Company/Brandywine production. Directed by Paul W S Anderson. Written by Anderson, from a screen story by Anderson, Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett, based on the Alien (1979) characters created by O'Bannon and Shusett and the Predator (1987) characters created by Jim Thomas and John Thomas. Cast includes Raoul Bova, Ewen Bremner, Lance Henriksen and Sanaa Lathan. 101 minutes. Collector's Edition, 108 minutes. Colour. / From ...

House of Frankenstein

1. Film (1944). See Frankenstein. / 2. US tv mini-series (1997; vt House of Frankenstein 1997). Universal Television Entertainment for NBC-TV. Produced by Michael R Joyce. Directed by Peter Werner. Written by J B White. Cast includes Peter Crombie, Adrian Pasdar, Teri Polo, CCH Pounder and Greg Wise. 168 minutes. Colour. / In late 1990s Los Angeles (see California), police detective Vernon Coyle is investigating a series of bizarre murders whose victims have been either completely ...

Hall, Sarah

(1974-    ) UK author whose second novel, The Electric Michelangelo (2004), skirts Fantastika through the life story of a tattooist. Of direct sf interest is her third novel, The Carhullan Army (2007), comprises the fragmented record (laid down long before its discovery) of a young woman brought up in a Near Future British Dystopia where women are scapegoated (see Women in SF); she escapes into the Lake District, where a commune of Feminists and environmental activists has ...

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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