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SF Digest

UK small A4-size magazine. One undated issue, (June) 1976, published by New English Library; edited by Julie Davis. SF Digest was to have been a quarterly successor to Science Fiction Monthly, but was doomed even before its single issue appeared by the publisher's decision to concentrate on books rather than magazines. SF Digest's format was superior to that of the inconveniently oversized Science Fiction Monthly. It featured stories by Brian W Aldiss, Michael G Coney, Rachel Pollack and Robert ...

Promare

Japanese animated film (2019). Trigger, X FLAG. Directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi. Written by Kazuki Nakashima. Voice cast includes Arata Furuta, Kenichi Matsuyama, Masato Sakai and Taichi Saotome. 111 minutes. Colour. / Thirty years ago, random humans – now called the Burnish – spontaneously developed pyrokinetic (see Psi Powers) abilities, and half the world's population died in the subsequent conflagrations. In the present day, the City of Promepolis's departments include Burning ...

Mr Drake's Duck

Film (1951). Douglas Fairbanks Productions. Eros Films (UK), United Artists (US). Produced by Daniel M Angel. Directed by Val Guest. Written by Guest and Ian Messiter based on a radioplay by Messiter. Cast includes Yolande Donlan, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Douglas Fairbanks Jr and Jon Pertwee. 85 minutes UK; 75 minutes US. Black and white. / American Donald Drake (Fairbanks) and his wife Penny (Donlan) arrive at Green Acres Farm, Sussex, which Drake has inherited from an English relation. Penny ...

Lindsay, David T

(1897-1953) Scottish author, in active service during World War One, most of his eighteen books being adventure tales, usually juveniles (see Children's SF), all published between 1936 and 1940, often involving feats in aircraft. Of sf interest are The Ninth Plague (1936), about a Mad Scientist's attempts to block off the Sun's rays and cause the End of the World; The Green Ray (1937), in which the eponymous Ray is used to stall airplanes in flight; and the marginal Air Bandits (1937). [JC]

Zeh, Juli

(1974-    ) German author whose fiction typically transgresses the "realistic" modes it harnesses. Of sf interest are Schilf (2007; trans Christine Lo as Dark Matter 2010; vt Free Fall), a noir thriller whose investigative deconstruction of a world where outcomes can be traced in advance is shaped by metafictional discussions between two physicists, one of whom may be just ahead of the cutting edge of contemporary Physics; in Corpus Delicti (2009; trans Sally-Ann Spencer as ...

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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