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Ultimate Warrior, The

Film (1975). Warner Bros. Written and directed by Robert Clouse. Cast includes Yul Brynner, Joanna Miles, William Smith and Max von Sydow. 92 minutes. Colour. / New York in 2022 CE is in an advanced state of decay after a man-made biological catastrophe that occurred decades earlier. The leader of a group who have barricaded a street against gangs of thugs roaming outside hires the services of a super-Samurai (Brynner). This was promoted as the first Kung Fu sf movie, following, as it does, ...

Bride of Frankenstein, The

1. Film (1935). Universal. Directed by James Whale. Written by John Balderston, William Hurlbut and R C Sherriff uncredited. Cast includes Colin Clive, E E Clive, Gavin Gordon, O P Heggie, Valerie Hobson, Boris Karloff (credited by surname only), Elsa Lanchester, Una O'Connor, Ernest Thesiger and Douglas Walton. 75 minutes. Black and white. / Some contemporary viewers felt that the horror and pathos of this sequel to Whale's 1931 Frankenstein were vitiated by the director's morbid sense of ...

Kesey, Ken

(1935-2001) US author, best known for his first published novel, the nonfantastic One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962), and for his central role in creating the avowedly countercultural "Merry Pranksters" in 1964, as memorably described in Tom Wolfe's The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1968). Of sf interest is Sailor Song (1992), a Near Future tale set around 2020 in a seaside town in Alaska, among whose inhabitants are Native Americans and ageing hippies; a visiting film crew threatens to ...

Stirring Science Stories

US Pulp magazine, changing to letter-size for the final issue. Four issues February 1941 to March 1942, all edited by Donald A Wollheim. The first three issues were published bimonthly by Albing Publications which then ceased operating with heavy printing debts, and the company was taken over by Ben Sangor who operated as Manhattan Fiction Publications and sought to continue some of the magazines, including one final issue of Stirring which appeared nine months later but had been compiled long ...

Universe Pathways

English edition of the Greek (see {Greece}) magazine Symbandikes Diadromes, published by Maria Trigoni, and edited by George Sotirhos with the assistance of Pavlos Gastaris, Anthippe Fiamou and Nektarios Chrisos. The Greek edition was quarterly and ran for ten issues from Fall 2005 to Winter (December) 2007. The English-language edition had five issues from January 2006 to March 2007. It was originally going to consist of two quarterly Greek editions, combined, translated and released as a ...

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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