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Thunderbirds

UK animated-puppet tv series (1965-1966). An AP Films Production for ATV/ITC. Created Sylvia and Gerry Anderson. Produced by Gerry Anderson (season 1), Reg Hill (season 2). Writers included Dennis Spooner, Alan Fennell, Alan Pattillo. Directors included David Lane, David Elliott, Desmond Saunders, Pattillo. Model effects supervised by Derek Meddings. 2 seasons, 32 50-minute episodes (re-edited in the USA so that each episode occupied two half-hour timeslots). Colour. / This animated puppet ...

Stannard, Russell

(1931-    ) UK physicist and author, much of whose nonfiction attempts to reconcile modern science and Religion. He is of sf interest for the Uncle Albert series of didactic tales for relatively young readers beginning with The Time and Space of Uncle Albert (1989). The structure of the sequence – children present Uncle Albert with questions, which he answers through guided tours of the physical universe – resembles George Gamow's Mr Tompkins books, which ...

Hawkins, Peter

(1926-    ) UK bank clerk whose first sf sale was "Life Cycle" for New Worlds in Spring 1951; his 14 stories under his own name all appeared in that magazine and in Science Fantasy over the following decade. He published a routine sf adventure, The Plant from Infinity (1954) as by Karl Maras, a House Name. [JC]

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 (1981), this Italian film is set in a future-Hell New York overrun by street gangs, with a psychotic law-enforcer ...

Wojtowicz, Douglas P

(1970-    ) Author who under the House Name James Axler has contributed several later volumes to the long Outlanders sequence of Ruined Earth sf, discussed in more detail in the entry for James Axler. [DRL]

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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