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Morte Viene dal Pianeta Aytin, La

["Death Comes from Planet Aytin"] Film (1967; vt I Diavoli della Spazio; vt The Snow Devils; vt Space Devils). Mercury Film International/Southern Cross Productions. Directed by Antonio Margheriti credited as Anthony Dawson. Written by Margheriti, Renato Moretti, Ivan Reiner, and Charles Sinclair (uncredited), based on a story by Moretti, Reiner, and Audrey Wisberg (uncredited). Cast includes Renato Baldini, Wilbert Bradley, Ombretta Colli, Enzo Fiermonte, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, Goffredo Unger ...

Upstream Color

Film (2012). erbp. Written and directed by Shane Carruth. Cast includes Meredith Burke, Carruth, Kathy Carruth, Thiago Martins, Amy Seimetz and Andrew Sensenig. 96 minutes. Colour. / A conceptual designer (Seimetz) is infected with a mind-controlling Parasite (see Parasitism and Symbiosis) by a thief (Martins) who empties her accounts and leaves her with no memory of her ordeal; she and other victims are Telepathically farmed for their experiences by a composer of ambient music (Sensenig) ...

Greer, Tom

Working name of Irish surgeon Thomas Greer (1846/1847-1904) for his writing; he lived in the UK from about 1880. In his A Modern Daedalus (1885) an Irish lad invents a one-man flying device (see Inventions; Transportation) which straps to the shoulders. The UK Government attempts to persuade him to use it against Ireland. Though he longs simply for peace, UK military action forces him onto the side of the revolutionaries, and a squadron of Irish fliers gains independence (see Pax Aeronautica) ...

Dan Dare – Pilot of the Future

UK sf Comic-strip character, distinguished in appearance by his long chin and by the zigzag on the outer end of each eyebrow. Dan Dare was created by Frank Hampson for the weekly boys' comic Eagle, in which – with the sobriquet "Pilot of the Future" – he appeared with his Lancashire batman Digby from 1950 until the comic's demise in 1969. Hampson supervised a team of artists, model-makers and photographers to create a totally convincing scenario of the future, as governed by the ...

Barker, Thomas W

(?   -    ) US author of one sf novel, Five for Infinity (1976), whose multiple protagonists find that they and their Spaceship have inadvertently exceeded the speed of light (see Faster Than Light; Relativity), and find themselves in peril. [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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