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Shadows House

Japanese animated tv series (2021). Based on the Manga by So-ma-to. CloverWorks. Directed by Kazuki Ōhashi. Written by Toshiya Ōno. Voice cast includes Takaya Hashi, Akari Kitō, Yū Sasahara and Shino Shimoji. Thirteen 24-minute episodes. Colour. / "Living Dolls" awake in the children's building of a large manorial estate, to be told they have been created as servants and companions to silhouette-like nobles called Shadows. These have black and featureless bodies; the ...

Astounding She-Monster, The

Film (1957; vt Mysterious Invader UK). Hollywood International Pictures/American International Pictures. Produced and directed by Ronald V Ashcroft (credited as Ronnie Ashcroft). Written by Frank Hall and Ashcroft (uncredited) from their original story. Cast includes Robert Clarke, Kenne Duncan, Marilyn Harvey, Shirley Kilpatrick and Jeanne Tatum. 62 minutes. Black and white. / Geologist Dick Cutler (Clarke) is in the mountains of northern California prospecting for radium when a UFO ...

Crawling Hand, The

Film (1963). Joseph F Robertson Productions. Directed by Herbert L Strock. Written by Bill Idelson and Herbert L Strock, based on a story by Joseph Cranston, Bill Idelson, and Robert M Young. Cast includes Peter Breck, Alan Hale Jr, Allison Hayes, Les Hoyle, Arline Judge, Rod Lauren, Sirry Steffen and Kent Taylor. 89 minutes. Black and white. / When the second astronaut to land on the Moon, Mel Lockhart (Hoyle), takes off for his return flight, monitors on the ground lose track of his ...

West, Lindsay

Pseudonym of US author Nancy Weber (1942-    ), married to Charles Platt (1977-circa 1980), who writes romances as by Jennifer Rose. The Empire of the Ants (1977) is a Tie novelizing The Empire of the Ants (1977; vt H G Wells' Empire of the Ants) directed by Bert I Gordon. [JC]

On the Beach

1. BBC Radio dramatization by Mike Walker in the Classic Serial anthology programme, as On the Beach (1957). / 2. Film (1959). Lomitas Productions/United Artists. Directed by Stanley Kramer. Written by John Paxton, based on On the Beach (1957) by Nevil Shute. Cast includes Fred Astaire, Guy Doleman, Ava Gardner, Gregory Peck and Anthony Perkins. 134 minutes. Black and white. / 1964, the Near Future: only Australia has survived a global nuclear World War Three. This merely prolongs the ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...



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