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Lengyel, Cornel

(1914-2003) US translator, poet and playwright, in whose Near Future sf drama, The Atom Clock (1951 chap), a worker in the atomic industry revolts against the misuse of this Power Source for purposes of war. [JC]

Lost World, The

1. Film (1925). First National. Directed by Harry O Hoyt. Script by Marion Fairfax, based on The Lost World (1912) by Arthur Conan Doyle. Cast includes Wallace Beery, Lloyd Hughes, Bessie Love and Lewis Stone. 9700ft (approx 105 minutes, cut to 60 minutes). Black and white, with some tinted sequences. / Wallace Beery makes an unlikely Professor Challenger in this slow-moving, wordy (a large number of dialogue frames) silent version of the famous novel about the discovery of an almost ...

Ice Pirates, The

Film (1984). MGM/United Artists. Directed by Stewart Raffill. Written by Raffill, Stanford Sherman. Cast includes Mary Crosby, Anjelica Huston, John Matuszak, Ron Perlman, Michael D Roberts and Robert Urich. 94 minutes. Colour. / Sf Parodies have seldom worked well in the cinema, but this is an exception. Jason (Urich) is a pirate captain of a Spaceship (he and his crew carry cutlasses and wear high boots) who raids merchant ships for ice (the planets in this area being arid), meets a ...

X-Files, The

US tv series (1993-2002; 2016-2018). Ten Thirteen Productions in association with 20th Century Television. Created by Chris Carter. Producers include Carter, Kim Manners, Frank Spotnitz, and Rob Bowman. Directors include Carter, Manners, Bowman, and David Nutter. Writers include Carter, Spotnitz, Vince Gilligan, John Shiban, Glen Morgan, Darin Morgan, Howard Gordon, and James Wong. Cast includes David Duchovny as Agent Fox Mulder (seasons 1-7, 10-11), Gillian Anderson as Agent Dana Scully, ...

Thompson, Colin

(1942-    ) UK illustrator and author, in Australia from 1995; of his very numerous books, many of them for younger children, he is of sf interest for the Young Adult Future Eden sequence beginning with Future Eden: A Brief History of Next Time (1999), which is set in a severely depopulated Ruined Earth world about 200 years hence. The solitary young protagonist, who lives a hardscrabble existence in an almost entirely abandoned City, meets a chicken named Ethel who turns ...

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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