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Octaman

Film (1971). Filmers Guild/Heritage Enterprises Inc (re-release). Produced by Michael Kraike. Directed by Harry Essex. Written by Essex. Octaman costume designed by Rick Baker and Doug Beswick. Cast includes Pier Angeli, David Essex, Kerwin Mathews, Read Morgan and Jess Morrow. 76 minutes. Colour. / An expedition to a remote Mexican fishing village, led by Dr Rick Torres (Mathews) and Susan Lowry (Angeli) along with their friend Dr John Willard (Morrow), discovers dangerous amounts of ...

Yellow Magic Orchestra

Japanese synth-pop band, comprising Haruomi Hosono (1947-    ), Yukihiro Takahashi (1952-    ) and Ryuichi Sakamoto (1952-    ). They are regarded by some as nothing more than a long-lived novelty act, and it is true that the group have produced their fair share of jaunty, disposable electronic pop; but there is spine of significant and influential music-making running along their career. As with many post-Kraftwerk purveyors of ...

Short, Dorothy Dudley

(?   -?   ) UK editor and author whose Judy and the Magic Rocket (1933 chap) is an educational Science Fantasy in which a kindly mage gives the eponymous young girl a guided tour of the Moon, Mars and Venus, followed by Time Travel back to the creation of the solar system. [JC]

Future Cop [tv]

US tv series (1976-1977). Paramount Studios, ABC Television network. Produced by Everett Chambers. Directors included Robert Douglas, Earl Bellamy and Vincent McEveety. Scriptwriters included Ken Kolb, Harold Livingston and Mann Rubin. Cast includes John Amos, Ernest Borgnine, Michael Shannon and Irene Tsu. Eight 50-minute episodes. Colour. / Future Cop was a remake of the previous season's comedy on the same subject, Holmes and Yo-Yo (1976), played in a straightforward manner. Officer Joe ...

Guerard, Albert Joseph

(1914-2000) US critic and author, an influential academic scholar who taught at Amherst College, Harvard University and Stanford University. He was long an advocate of US experimentalist fiction. His sf novel Night Journey (1950) depicts an idealistic soldier against the background of a useless Near-Future European Future War. The loss of his illusions is rendered with psychological acuity, though the narrative itself is dithery. [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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