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Film (2007). Studio Impéria Films/Bac Films. Directed by Franck Vestiel. Written by Vestiel and Pierre Bordage. Cast includes Clovis Cornillac and Vimala Pons. 97 minutes. Colour. / A confused and confusing puzzle picture in which a man (Cornillac) has to learn the world before destroying it. After waking in a cave with Amnesia, he struggles his way to a seemingly abandoned subterranean facility (see Underground). Holographic talking heads make it clear that he is entering a literal ...

Strutton, Bill

(1918-2003) Australian screenwriter and author; he was active in the former capacity from 1958, writing for various series including Doctor Who (1963-current), for which his only sf book of interest was also written, the Tie Doctor Who and the Zarbi (1972; vt Doctor Who – the Web Planet 1991). This tale was based on his own script, "The Web Planet" (13 February-20 March 1965 6 episodes). [JC]

McGuire, Patrick L

(1949-    ) US researcher whose Princeton doctoral thesis was revised as a book, Red Stars: Political Aspects of Soviet Science Fiction (1985), one of the more useful sources on sf in Russia, although carrying the story only as far as 1976. McGuire translated Vozvrashchenie (Polden'. 22-i vek) (1962; rev as Polden', XXII vek (Vozvrashchenie) 1967; the latter trans as Noon: 22nd Century 1978 US) by Arkady and Boris Strugatski, and wrote the chapter on Russian sf in Anatomy of ...

McCoy, John

(1857-1924) US medical doctor and author of A Prophetic Romance: Mars to Earth (1896) as by The Lord Commissioner, set in a distant Near Future North America, about a century hence, which has evolved into a socialist Utopia with restrictions on executive salaries and a female president (see Women in SF). A visitor from Mars, the Lord Commissioner whose reports back home make up the body of the tale, travels by Spaceship to Earth where he remains after falling in love with an Earth woman. ...

Valley of Eagles

Film (1951; vt Valley of the Eagles US). The J Arthur Rank Organization/Independent Sovereign Films (UK)/Lippert Films (US). Produced by Nat A Bronstein (as Nat Bronsten). Directed by Terence Young. Written by Young from an original story by Bronstein and Paul Tabori. Cast includes Anthony Dawson, Nadia Grey, Christopher Lee, John McCallum, Jack Warner and Mary Laura Wood. 86 minutes, sometimes cut to 82 minutes. Black and white. / Norwegian Scientist Dr Nils Ahlen (McCallum) has developed ...

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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