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Maxwell, Edward

Pseudonym of the Canadian author, playwright and scriptwriter Ted Allan (1916-1995), who was born Allan Herman and adopted this working name in the 1930s; he was in the UK approximately 1940-1970. The protagonist of his Time Travel tale, Quest for Pajaro (1957), travels twenty years into the future but, on his journey back, falls in love; doom threatens successfully. [JC]

Zítra Vstanu a Opařím Se Čajem

Film (1977; vt Tomorrow I'll Wake up and Scald Myself with Tea). Filmové studio Barrandov. Directed by Jindřich Polák. Written by Polák, Miloš Macourek, based on a story by Josef Nesvadba. Cast includes Vlastimil Brodský, Petr Kostka, Vladimír Menšík and Jiří Sovák. 90 minutes. Colour. / Not widely known in the West (although it has been given a UK Television showing), this Czech production is one of the most ...

I, Robot

Film (2004). Twentieth Century Fox/Davis Entertainment. Directed by Alex Proyas. Bruce Greenwood. Written by Jeff Vintar, Akiva Goldsman, based on I, Robot (coll 1950) by Isaac Asimov. Cast includes Bridget Moynahan, Will Smith and Alan Tudyk. 115 minutes. Colour. / In the decades since the publication of Isaac Asimov's I, Robot (coll 1950), rumours often appeared of a possible cinematic adaptation of the revered story collection. Harlan Ellison famously wrote a screenplay, much praised by ...

Patchin Review, The

US Amateur Magazine of science-fiction criticism and controversy, edited by Charles Platt from Patchin Place, New York (hence the title). Seven saddle-stitched Digest-sized issues, typically 56pp plus card covers, dated July 1981 to March 1985. / The Patchin Review was intended to address what its editor saw as worrying trends in 1980s sf publishing, in particular the growing ascendancy of pure commercialism over literary values. Many articles did indeed discuss such topics, but the ...

Sykes, A L

(?   -?   ) US author of a Near Future adventure, Banduk Jaldi Banduk! (Quick My Rifle!) (1907; vt The Countersign: A Story of Tibet 1909) with Claude P Jones, whose American-born heroine, believing herself to reincarnate Kubla Khan (see Reincarnation), frees Tibet from China with the help of an amorous American who arrives by Balloon. [JC]

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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