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Darkling Plain Speculative Fiction

US Semiprozine that paid professional rates, edited by David M Cox, Valley Village, California. It saw just two print issues, Summer 2000 (not released until October) and Fall 2001 (not distributed until March 2002). It was published in an intermediate format (9.25 x 7.75 in; 235 x 195 mm) which allowed for bold, expressive covers. Cox wanted to break down genre boundaries and present material as relevant to the mainstream as to sf, for which reason he called the ...

Excursion dans la Lune

Film (1908; vt Excursion to the Moon). Pathé Frères. Directed by Segundo de Chomón. Written by Segundo de Chomón, based on the story of George Méliès's Voyage Dans La Lune (uncredited). Cast unidentified. 7 minutes. Tinted. / This short silent film from Spanish/Catalan director de Chomón is for the most part a ...

Zou, Henry

(?   -    ) Australian author solely associated to date with the Warhammer 40,000 Wargame universe, his first Tie being Voidsong (in Planetkill, anth 2008, ed Nick Kyme and Lindsey Priestley; 2011 ebook) in the Warhammer 40,000 main sequence, and further titles in the associated Bastion Wars sequence, beginning with ...

This Is Not a Test

Film (1962). GPA Productions. Directed by Fredric Gadette. Written by Peter Abenheim, Fredric Gadette, and Betty Laskey. Cast includes Alan Austin, Seamon Glass, Michael Greene, Carol Kent, Aubrey Martin, Mary Morlas, Thayer Roberts, Don Spruance, Ron Starr and Norman Winston. 73 minutes. Black and white. / On a lonely desert road, Deputy Sherriff Dan Colter (Glass) learns that the Russians have launched a nuclear attack (see World War Three) and ...

Half Japanese

American lo-fi punk band (sometimes written as ½ Japanese), formed in 1974 by the brothers Jad and David Fair. In their early days they were a shambolic but enthusiastic duo, comprising drums, electric guitar and strangulated vocals, with songs usually 1-2 minutes long; their first vinyl release, the 45rpm "Calling all Girls" (1977), had eleven tracks. Gradually they became more polished – or more studiously shambolic – adding further band members and longer songs; though Jad ...

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. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...

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