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Death Race

Film (2008). Universal Pictures presents in association with Relativity Media an Impact Pictures-Cruise/Wagner production in association with Roger Corman. Directed by Paul W S Anderson. Written by Paul W S Anderson from the screenplay for Death Race 2000 (1975) by Charles Griffith and Robert Thom, itself adapted from Ib Melchior's short story "The Racer" (October 1956 Escapade). Cast includes Joan Allen, Tyrese Gibson, Natalie Martinez, Ian McShane and Jason Statham. 110 minutes. Colour. / ...


Polish film (1988; vt King Size). Zespół Filmowy Kadr. Directed by Juliusz Machulski. Written by Jolanta Hartwig and Juliusz Machulski. Cast includes Jacek Chmielnik, Katarzyna Figura, Grzegorz Heromiński and Jerzy Stuhr. 105 minutes. Colour. / Fairytale motifs [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] are combined with the theft of a Conceptual Breakthrough in the form of a Drug to mock the absurdities of a totalitarian regime in this Satire from Poland. / ...

Superworld Comics

US Comics series. Publisher: Hugo Gernsback as Kosmos Publishing. Three bimonthly issues, April to August 1940. / Arguably the first all-sf comic, this was Gernsback's short-lived venture into the comics field, launched soon after the Fiction House title Planet Comics made its debut in January 1940. Regular features with cover billing on all three issues were "Buzz Allen, Invisible Avenger", scripted by Charles D Hornig with artwork by Frank R Paul (also responsible for all three covers), ...

Richmond, Fiona

Pseudonym of UK glamour model, actor and author Julia Rosamund Harrison (1945-    ), some of whose books, which vacillate between memoir and extravaganza, are of some sf interest, including The Story of I (1978), a Parody of Histoire D 'O (1954; trans anon as The Story of O 1954 France) by "Pauline Réage", in which the "victim" is a man "trapped" in a cult world; From Here to Virginity (1981) tells her own life story backwards through death into the womb. Galactic ...

Daly, Wally K

(1940-2020) UK actor, playwright, mostly for Radio from the mid-1970s, and author. Several of his 38 radio plays are sf, including a BBC Radio 4 trilogy comprising Before the Screaming Begins (1978), The Silent Scream (1979) and With a Whimper to the Grave (1984). A novel of sf interest is a Doctor Who tie, Doctor Who: The Missing Episodes: The Ultimate Evil (1989). This was based on scripts originally written for the programme's aborted 1985-1986 season. [JC/GS/DRL]

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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