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1990: I Guerrieri del Bronx

Film (1982; vt Bronx Warriors; vt 1990: Bronx Warriors). Deaf Film International. Directed by Enzo G Castellari. Written by Castellari, Dardano Sacchetti, Elisa Livia Briganti. Cast includes Chris Connelly, Stefania Girolami, Mark Gregory, Vic Morrow and Fred Williamson. 84 minutes. Colour. / Inspired by Walter Hill's The Warriors (1979) and John Carpenter's Escape from New York ...


The relationship of mythology to sf is close and deep, but not always obvious. Part of the confusion stems from the widely held belief that sf is itself a form of latter-day mythology, fulfilling comparable hungers in us. James Blish took issue with this argument, pointing out that myth is usually "static and final in intent and thus entirely contrary to the spirit of sf, which assumes continuous change". We restrict ourselves below to the role of ...

Saxton, Mark

(1914-1988) US editor and author who, as an editor (1938-1943) at Farrar and Rinehart, helped Austin Tappan Wright's daughter, Sylvia Wright, edit the massive manuscript of Islandia, which his firm published in 1942. Saxton worked as an editor for the rest of his career. As an author, he produced some detective fiction, beginning with Danger Road (1939), though his sf was confined to the Islandia world, for which he wrote ...

Darrow, Paul

(1941-2019) UK actor and author whose Avon: A Terrible Aspect (1989), a Tie to the Blake's Seven world, deals with the early life of the character Avon, whom he played in 51 of the 52 episodes of the original Television series. The Novel of Queen: The Eye (1997) novelizes an interactive Game created by the rock group Queen. / ...


Japanese animated tv series (1999-2000). Original title Chikyū Bōei Kigyō Dai Gādo. Xebec. Directed by Seiji Mizushima. Written by Fumihiko Shimo. Voice cast includes Akiko Hiramatsu, Shin-ichiro Miki, Kentaro Ito, Kenichi Ono and Mayumi Shintani. 26 23-minute episodes. Colour. / In 2018 Japan is attacked by a Heterodyne, a giant Monster that is defeated by OE weaponry (a nuclear bomb in all but name). ...

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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