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Anti-Intellectualism in SF

Anti-intellectualism takes two forms in sf: a persistent if minor theme appears in stories in which the intellect is distrusted; more common are stories about future Dystopias in which society at large distrusts the intellect although the authors, themselves intellectuals, do not. / In stories of the first sort, Intelligence is usually seen to be sterile if unmodified by intuition, feeling or compassion – a familiar theme in literature generally. That Hideous Strength (1945) by C S ...

Brennert, Alan

(1954-    ) US television producer and scriptwriter, and also author, essentially of fantasy and horror. His first genre publication was "Nostalgia Tripping" for Infinity Five (anth 1973) edited by Robert Hoskins. In his first novel, City of Masques (1978), actors scientifically programmed to become their roles run amok. Time and Chance (1990) is a kind of sf/horror tale in which two Parallel Worlds intersect, allowing two versions of the same person to switch roles: the ...

Phoenix 2772

Japanese animated film (1980; vt Space Firebird 2772). Original title Hi no Tori 2772: Ai no Kosumozōn. Tezuka Productions, Toho Company. Based on the Manga by Osamu Tezuka. Directed by Taku Sugiyama. Written by Taku Sugiyama and Osamu Tezuka. Voice cast includes Kazuo Kumakura, Katsue Miwa, Kaneto Shiozawa and Keiko Takeshita. 122 minutes. Colour. / During his early childhood Godo (Shiozawa) is raised by a Computer, until the arrival of a female Robot, Olga (Miwa), as a rather belated ...

King of the Monsters

Letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine. Cousin Publications Incorporated. No editor named. One undated issue, published 1977. / This magazine was apparently intended as a one-time effort to capitalize on the release of the Dino de Laurentiis remake of King Kong (1976). Such one-shot film magazines came into their own in the US during the 1970s, remaining a popular format throughout the remainder of the twentieth century. King of the Monsters featured articles on the various versions of ...

Binder, Eando

The most famous of the joint Pseudonyms used by the US author brothers Earl Andrew Binder (1904-1966), who was born in Austria-Hungary and came to the US in 1910, and Otto Oscar Binder (1911-1975), who was the more active (and ultimately better known) of the two; after approximately 1934, when Earl became inactive as a writer, Otto continued to sign himself Eando Binder, so that some Eando Binder books – they were all published after 1940; several contain pre-1935 material – are ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...



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