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Saga of Tanya the Evil, The

Japanese animated tv series (2017). Original title Yōjo Senki. Based on the Light Novel and Manga written by Carlo Zen, illustrated by Shinobu Shinotsuk and Chika Tōjō respectively. NUT studio. Directed by Yutaka Uemura. Written by Kenta Ihara. Voice cast includes Hideaki Tezuka, Nobuo Tobita, Kôsuke Toriumi and Aoi Yûki. Twelve 24-minute episodes (plus a recap episode and twelve online "chibi" shorts). Colour. / In 2013, at a moment frozen before his death when ...

Invasion U.S.A.

Film (1952; vt Invasion USA). American Pictures/Columbia Pictures. Produced by Robert Smith and Albert Zugsmith. Directed by Alfred E Green. Written by Robert Smith from an original story by Smith and Franz Spencer. Cast includes Peggi Castle, Wade Crosby, Gerald Mohr and Dan O'Herlihy. 73 minutes. Black and white. / Newscaster Vince Potter (Mohr) and an assortment of mostly wealthy Americans including young socialite Carla Sanford (Castle) are in a New York City bar listening to a news ...

Mead, Shepherd

Working name of US author Edward Mead (1914-1994), in either Switzerland or the UK after 1957; he worked in advertising before turning to writing, and was active in various genres. Satire and comedy combine in most of his works, most pointedly in his best-known work, the nonfantastic mock instructional manual, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1952), for the staged version of which he shared a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony. Satire also permeates his sf and fantasy novels: The ...

From the Drain

Film (1967). Produced by David Cronenberg and Stefan Nosko. Directed and written by Cronenberg. Cast comprises Stefan Nosko and Mort Ritts. 14 minutes. Colour. / Two men are in a bathtub. The first (Ritts, who starred in David Cronenberg's first student film, Transfer [1966]) is sat at the plughole-end of the bath and proceeds to ask a series of insinuating and increasingly malevolent questions of the other (Nosko), who displays Paranoia about the possibility of "tendrils" emerging from the ...

Australia

Much early Australian sf falls into subgenres which can be described as sf only controversially: lost-race romances, Utopian novels and Near-Future political thrillers about racial invasion. / Works of utopian speculation began appearing in Australia about the middle of the nineteenth century and were set, appropriately for a new society in a largely unexplored land, either in the Far Future or in Australia's deep interior (indeed, Australia's remoteness encouraged UK and US writers to make ...

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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