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Fugitive Futurist, The

UK short silent film (1924). Subtitled A Q-­riosity by "Q.". Hepworth. Directed and written by Gaston Quiribet. Cast unknown. 12 minutes. Black and white. / As a forlorn gambler mulls over his losses after a day's horse racing, he is approached by a self-proclaimed inventor carrying a package: within, apparently, is a Machine "based on the idea that by amplifying the particular vibrations of the ether, termed vision, one is able to see beyond the limits of ordinary life". Unfortunately ...

Junk Head

Japanese stop-motion animated film (2017; rev 2021). Yamiken. Directed and written by Takahide Hori. Voice cast includes Takahide Hori and Atsuko Miyake. 100 minutes. Colour. / Initially released as the short film Junk Head 1 (2013), which became the first 30 minutes of the 2017 full-length film discussed here (a revised version of which was released in 2021). Junk Head 1 took four years to produce and was made entirely by the self-taught Hori, an interior decorator; he had some help with ...

Cyborg 2087

Made-for-tv film (1966). Feature Film Corp. Directed by Franklin Adreon. Written by Arthur C Pierce. Cast includes Wendell Corey, Eduard Franz, Michael Rennie, Karen Steele and Warren Stevens. 86 minutes. Colour. / This film, which though made for television achieved theatrical release, has a renegade Cyborg (Rennie) from 2087 CE going back to 1966 to prevent a scientist (Franz) from creating a device that will later be used by a totalitarian government for a mind-control programme to which ...

Horsley, Reginald

(1858-1926) Australian author of Young Adult adventure tales, including The Yellow God: A Tale of Some Strange Adventures (1895), whose young heroes discover a Lost Race while sailing the Pacific. [JC]


German prog-rock band, founded in 1969 by guitarist, singer and songwriter Frank Bornemann (1952-    ); named after the Eloi of H G Wells's Time Machine (the track "Eloy" on the band's first album [Eloy, 1971], sings their praises). It is not clear why Bornemann got the spelling wrong, or why he has persisted with it through decades of English-language recording. Early albums often contain, alongside a number of more conventional tracks, one very long science-fictional song; ...

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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