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French/Korean animated film (1987; vt The Light Years). SEK Animation Studio. Based on the novel Les Hommes-machines contre Gandahar (1969) by Jean-Pierre Andrevon. Directed and written by René Laloux. Voice cast includes Pierre-Marie Escourrou and Georges Wilson. 83 minutes. Colour. / The land of Jaspar on the planet Gandahar is a paradise, overlooked by a City in the form of a giant statue; here ...


Videogame (1993; vt Arctic Baron in the US). Silmarils. Designed by André Rocques. Platforms: Amiga, AtariST, DOS (1993); Mac (1994). / Transarctica is set in the world of La Compagnie des Glaces ["The Ice Company"], a sequence of novels by G-J Arnaud (see France). In Arnaud's fiction, a twenty-first century attempt to mitigate global warming caused by the greenhouse effect (see ...

Chikyū Bōeigun

Film (1957; vt The Mysterians; vt Earth Defense Force). Toho/MGM. Directed by Ishirō Honda. Written by Takeshi Kimura, based on a story by Jojiro Okami. Cast includes Akihiko Hirata, Kenji Sahara and Yumi Shirakawa. 89 minutes. Colour. / This Japanese sf Pulp epic is about Alien invaders, their own planet destroyed by nuclear Holocaust, who land in Japan seeking women for breeding ...

Pons, Maurice

(1925-2016) French author several of whose works are fantasy, like Rosa (1967; trans Richard Howard 1972); of sf interest is Les Saisons [for subtitle see Checklist] (1965; trans Frances Frenaye as The Seasons of the Ram 1977), set in a mountainous part of Europe which houses a Dystopia. [JC]

Gray, John

(1866-1934) UK poet and translator of French Symbolist verse, best known as a member of London's decadent-aesthetic movement of the 1890s, when he was associated with Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898), Ernest Dowson (1867-1900) and Oscar Wilde and is a possible candidate for the title character of Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray (July 1890 Lippincott's Monthly; exp 1891). In Gray's one gently humorous novel, Park: A Fantastic Story ...

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 ...

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