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Big Pull, The

UK tv serial (1962). BBC. Producer Terence Dudley. Written Robert Gould. Cast includes William Dexter, Susan Purdie, June Tobin and Frederick Treves. Six 30-minute episodes. Black and white. / This fondly remembered thriller about alien Invasion, quite generously budgeted, has an astronaut returning to Earth after contamination by something strange in the Van Allen belts. There follow a series of strange "fusions" in which pairs of humans, one "dead" and one disappeared, return as single, ...

Full Motion Video

Term used to refer to pre-recorded film footage used in a Videogame, as opposed to two or three-dimensional graphics generated by the game as it is being played. Such footage can be produced by computer animation or by filming live actors on physical sets. It is typically used for "cut scenes", short video segments which establish a frame narrative (see Interactive Narrative) for the game or advance a linear narrative over which the player has little control. Some attempts have been made to use ...

Cayea, John

(?   -    ) US illustrator, seemingly active only from around 1970 to around 1981, his first cover being for Eando Binder's The Night of the Saucers (1971) from Belmont Books. Almost all of his following work was for Doubleday and Company, beginning with Jacqueline Lichtenberg's House of Zeor (1974). A Cayea cover soon became easy to recognize, often featuring a cleanly-executed, sometimes grotesque human or humanoid face or figure, usually centrally focused, ...

Cat-Women of the Moon

Film (1953; vt Rocket to the Moon). Z-M Productions. Directed by Arthur Hilton. Writers Jack Rabin and Al Zimbalist (story); Roy Hamilton (screenplay). Cast includes Victor Jory, Sonny Tufts and Marie Windsor. 64 minutes. Black-and-white. / Pioneering astronauts led by captain Laird Grainger (Tufts) land on the far side of the Moon, whereupon they promptly discover a cave with a breathable atmosphere and a civilization of beautiful, seductive women given to wearing sultry black leotards and ...

Ran-Dells

US SF Music trio from southern New Jersey, consisting of three first cousins who all attended Brandeis University: Steven Rappaport (1943-2007), Robert Rappaport (1943-    ) and John Spirt (1949-2003). They are remembered for their one sf novelty hit, "The Martian Hop" (1963) an original composition which made it to #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in September 1963. The cousins were inspired by the then-current popular trend in dances and the high interest in Space Flight ...

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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