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Grosse Verhau, Der

Film (1970; vt The Big Mess). Kairos Film. Produced and directed by Alexander Kluge. Written by Kluge, Wolfgang Mai. Cast includes Silvia Forsthofer, Siegfried Graue, Vincenz Starr and Maria Sterr. 86 minutes. Black and white and colour. / This West German comedy is by a director – a leading light of the German New Wave – whose apprenticeship was with Fritz Lang. It is an amusing Dystopia set in 2034 CE, when the Galaxy has been opened up to entrepreneurs, and monopoly ...

Flying Saucer, The

Film (1950). Colonial Productions, Inc/Film Classics, Inc. Produced and directed by Mikel Conrad. Written by Howard Irving Young from a story by Conrad. Cast includes Mikel Conrad, Roy Engel, Pat Garrison, Denver Pyle and Hantz von Teuffen. 69 minutes. Black and white. / After numerous reports of flying saucers (see UFOs) from what was then the US Alaskan Territory, US intelligence recruits playboy Mike Trent (Conrad) to investigate; he is accompanied by "nurse" Vee Langley (Garrison) with ...

Crispin, A C

(1950-2013) US author, married to Michael Capobianco, who was first known as a competent author of Ties. These include several for the various Star Trek sub-universes, beginning with Yesterday's Son (1983) and its direct sequel Time for Yesterday (1988); three titles in the "V" sequence, beginning with V (1984) (see "V"); a Star Wars sequence, the Star Wars: Han Solo trilogy beginning with Star Wars: Han Solo: The Paradise Snare (1997); plus a few singleton ties. In 2013 she was honoured as a ...

Nylund, Eric S

(1964-    ) US author, primarily of fantasy in his more recent career; he is of sf interest primarily for the Jack Potter/Signal sequence comprising Signal to Noise (1998) and A Signal Shattered (1999), stories whose inexpressive style consorts oddly with the gonzo plotting of the (possibly incomplete) epic. In a world combining the Ruined Earth (California has sunk) and Cyberpunk/Virtual Reality riffs, a cryptologist achieves First Contact with an Alien civilization bent on ...

LeVay, Simon

(1943-    ) UK author of Albrick's Gold (1998), an sf Satire in which a "cure" for homosexual Sex impulses is introduced by a homophobe. [JC]

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 November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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