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Attack the Block

Film (2011). Studio Canal, Film4, and the UK Film Council present a Big Talk Pictures production. Written and directed by Joe Cornish. Cast includes John Boyega, Nick Frost, Luke Treadaway and Jodie Whittaker. 88 minutes. Colour. / An ostentatiously British sibling to Skyline (2010) recentred on the urban teenage underclass with a namecheck to J G Ballard, television veteran Cornish's first feature seeks to freshen up the Alien-attack genre by transplanting its tropes to a setting, and a ...

Lawrence, Conrad

(?   -    ) US author of The Council to Save the Planet (coll of linked stories 1994), which dramatizes a Near Future attempt to accomplish the goal indicated in its title through the creation of a Disaster huge enough to give its survivors a second chance to live correctly. [JC]

Lionni, Leo

(1910-1999) Dutch-born artist and author, principally of self-illustrated children's fiction, who was resident in the USA 1939-1960 and subsequently in Italy. His quasi-sf book is Parallel Botany (1976; trans 1977), a work of mock popular science describing and illustrating an imaginary kingdom of "parallel" plants which supposedly exist on Earth but have been largely overlooked by Biology owing to various fantastic properties – such as Invisibility and disconnection from Time – ...

Laing, Alexander

(1903-1976) US author, editor and academic, noted for his books on the sea, for editing The Haunted Omnibus (anth 1937; vt Great Ghost Stories of the World 1939), an extremely influential Anthology, and for his murder novel, The Cadaver of Gideon Wyck, by a Medical Student (1934), which hinges on experiments in Genetic Engineering inflicted upon pregnant women. The Dr Scarlett sequence, comprising Dr Scarlett: A Narrative of his Mysterious Behavior in the East (1936), which includes the ...

Death Race 2000

Film (1975). New World. Produced by Roger Corman. Directed by Paul Bartel. Written by Robert Thom, Charles Griffith, based on a story by Ib Melchior: "The Racer" (October 1956 Escapade). Cast includes David Carradine, Simone Griffith, Louisa Moritz, Sylvester Stallone and Mary Woronov. 80 minutes. Colour. / In this low-budget black Satire about a car race across the USA in the year 2000, the winner is the driver who kills the most pedestrians. "Frankenstein" (Carradine) – who has ...

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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