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Handmaid's Tale, The

Film (1990). Cinecom/Bioskop. Directed by Volker Schlöndorff. Written by Harold Pinter (1930-2008), based on The Handmaid's Tale (1985) by Margaret Atwood. Cast includes Faye Dunaway, Robert Duvall, Elizabeth McGovern, Aidan Quinn, Natasha Richardson and Victoria Tennant. 108 minutes. Colour. / A near-future USA, some time after a right-wing coup, is now a patriarchal, fundamentalist, totalitarian ...

Cohen, Gary G

(1934-    ) US professor of Biblical Studies, former Army Chaplain, and author of Civilization's Last Hurrah (1974), an sf tale set during a Middle Eastern Future War, in the course of which Israel makes use of a nuclear "laser beam" provided by the United States, and civilization – to the tune of the Book of Revelation – ends. [JC]

Cabiya, Pedro

(1971-    ) Puerto Rico-born author and cultural critic who directs the Centro de Lenguas y Culturas Modernas de la Universidad Iberoamericana in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), and the Heart of Gold Films production. He became a relevant figure in the Hispanic Caribbean when his short-story collection Historias tremendas ["Tremendous Stories"] (coll 1999), was declared Best Book of ...

Woodhouse, Martin

(1932-2011) UK physician (non-practising), entrepreneur, screenwriter and author, whose first work of sf interest seems to have been the story "The Higher Mathematics" as M C Woodhouse for Authentic Science Fiction #46 in June 1954. More significant was his collaboration, with his brother Hugh Woodhouse, as screenwriter for twenty-two of the twenty-six scripts for the 1961 first season of the weekly Television puppet ...

City Limits

Film (1984). Sho Films/Videoform/Island Alive. Directed by Aaron Lipstadt. Written by Don Opper, from a story by Lipstadt and James Reigle. Cast includes Kim Cattrall, Rae Dawn Chong, Darrell Larson and John Stockwell. 85 minutes. Colour. / Disappointing exploitation movie from the writer and director of the first-rate Android (1982). Fifteen years after the USA has been almost wiped out by a Pandemic, two biker ...

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 ...

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