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Giant Claw, The

Film (1957). Clover/Columbia. Directed by Fred F Sears. Written by Samuel Newman, Paul Gangelin. Cast includes Morris Ankrum, Mara Corday and Jeff Morrow. 76 minutes. Black and white. / A giant bird from outer space decides to build a nest on Earth. It is conveniently protected by an Antimatter shield, so that attempts to kill it at first prove futile, but eventually the field is nullified by scientists shooting mu-mesons and all ends happily – though not of course for the bird. This ...

God is An Astronaut

Irish three-piece band, whose instrumental albums generate a spacy, evocative atmosphere non-specifically reminiscent of sf, an effect underscored by their track titles: "Fall from the Stars" on The End of the Beginning (2002), "Infinite Horizons" and "Suicide by Star" on All Is Violent, All Is Bright (2005). The eponymously-titled album God Is an Astronaut (2007) is their most cohesive and emotionally effective, and traces an oblique science-fictional narrative that takes the listener beyond ...

Naylor, Charles

(1941-2005) US editor and author, the partner of Thomas M Disch between 1969 and 2005. He wrote a gothic novel, Steps to the Grotto (1974) as by Cassandra Nye, echoing the Cassandra Knye pseudonym used earlier for gothics by Disch and John T Sladek. Under his own name, Neighboring Lives (1981) with Thomas M Disch is a non-sf historical analysis in fictional terms of mid-nineteenth-century English literary life, focusing on Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) and his wife, Jane Baillie Welsh Carlyle ...

Begbie, Harold

(1871-1929) UK journalist and author, active from the early 1890s, much of his later, nonfantastic work being published as by A Gentleman with a Duster; his first book publications, the Struwwelpeter sequence comprising The Political Struwwelpeter (coll 1899) and The Struwwelpeter Alphabet (coll 1900), are volumes of Satirical verse illustrated by F Carruthers Gould. Closer to sf are his further political Satires, beginning with the Clara in Blunderland sequence of Alice parodies comprising ...

Projected Man, The

Film (1966). Croydon Productions (UK)/Universal Studios (US). Executive producer: Richard Gordon. Produced by John Croydon and Maurice Foster. Directed by Ian Curteis and Croydon (uncredited). Written by John C Cooper, Peter Bryan and Frank Quattrochi. Cast includes Ronald Allan, Tracey Crisp, Derek de Marney, Bryant Halliday, Mary Peach and Norman Wooland. 91 minutes cut to 77 minutes for US release. Colour. / Dr Paul Steiner (Halliday) and Dr Christopher Mitchell (Allen) have created a ...

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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