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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask)

Film (1972). Jack Rollins and Charles H Joffe Productions/United Artists. Directed by Woody Allen. Written by Allen, based on or rather suggested by the nonfiction Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex, But Were Afraid to Ask (1969) by David Reuben. Cast includes Allen, John Carradine, Louise Lasser, Tony Randall, Burt Reynolds and Gene Wilder. 88 minutes. Colour. / This engaging collection of filmed anecdotes satirizes various Sex-related obsessions and movie genres; two episodes ...

Smith, Artegall

Pseudonym – in full The Right Rev Artegall Smith, D.D. – of Philip Norton (1841-1924), UK clergyman and author, active in the former capacity 1871-1924. As Artegall Smith he published one sf novel, Sub Sole, or Under the Sun: Missionary Adventures in the Great Sahara (1889), in which the Wandering Jew reveals to Artegall Smith the wonders of an Underground Lost World located beneath the Sahara and peopled by the Lost Tribes of Israel, who have created there a scientific ...

White, Andrea

(1953-    ) US author whose first novel, the Young Adult Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083 (2005; vt No Child's Game: Reality TV 2083 2006), features the adventures of two teenagers give the chance to re-enact, as a reality Television show, Captain Robert Falcon Scott's prolonged and ultimately fatal Terra Nova Expedition to the Antarctic, 1910-1913. The Upcity Chronicles series beginning with Windows on the World (2011), which is also set in 2083, introduces its young ...


The term "cyborg" is a contraction of "cybernetic organism" and refers to the product of human/machine hybridization. David Rorvik popularized the idea in his nonfiction As Man Becomes Machine (1971), writing of the "melding" of human and machine and of a "new era of participant evolution". Elementary medical cyborgs – people with prosthetic limbs or pacemakers – are already familiar, early works ringing the changes on this theme include Edgar Allan Poe's Satire "The Man that was ...


Film (1989; vt Tetsuo: The Iron Man) Produced, directed, written, art directed, special effects, co-photographed by Shinya Tsukamoto, who also plays one of the two leading roles; also starring Tomorah Taguchi and Kei Fujiwara. 67 minutes. Black and white. / A metal fetishist (Tsukamoto) is hurt in a hit and run car accident; the driver of the car, a conservative office worker (Taguchi), notices a metal splinter growing out of his cheek the next day. As time passes his body metamorphoses ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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