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Winslow, Pauline Glen

(1926-2014) UK author, now resident in the USA, in whose I, Martha Adams (1982) the Cold War suddenly ends in a Russian nuclear strike (see World War Three) and the Invasion of an unprepared America, even though the (now assassinated) President Reagan had secretly redirected funds meant for socialist water projects into developing a secret Weapon, which the eponymous heroine discovers, turning the tables on the Russian conquerors. Judgement Day (1984) is a horror tale set in California. [JC]

Legend of Korra, The

US animated tv series (2012-2014). Nickelodeon. Created by/executive producers: Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko. Writers: Michael Dante DiMartino, Joshua Hamilton, Tim Hedrick, Bryan Konietzko, Katie Mattila. Directors include Ian Graham, Colin Heck, Ki Hyun Ryu, Joaquim Dos Santos and Melchior Zwyer. Voice cast includes Steve Blum, P J Byrne, David Faustino, Seychelle Gabriel, Anne Heche, John Michael Higgins, Daniel Dae Kim, Henry Rollins, Adrian LaTourelle, Stephanie Sheh, Kiernan ...

Incredible Melting Man, The

Film (1977). Quartet Productions/AIP. Written and directed by William Sachs. Additional dialogue Rebecca Ross. Cast includes Michael Aldredge, Burr DeBenning, Alex Rebar and Ann Sweeny. 84 minutes. Colour. / By 1977 the idea of an astronaut returning to Earth after being contaminated by some dread space infection or irradiation was well and truly a Clichéd subgenre of the Monster Movie, an early and effective example being The Quatermass Xperiment (1955). This time around the ...


Film (1976). Cinepix/Dibar Syndicate/Canadian Film Development Corp. Written and directed by David Cronenberg. Cast includes Marilyn Chambers, Patricia Gage, Susan Roman, Howard Ryshpan and Joe Silver. 91 minutes. Colour. / In this Canadian film from David Cronenberg an experimental skin graft on an accident victim (hardcore porn star Marilyn Chambers) turns her into the carrier of a rabies-like disease which induces homicidal mania in its victims; the disease is spread by means of a ...

Calvert, Robert

(1945-1988) South African-born poet and musician who moved to London in the 1960s and became friendly with Michael Moorcock, amongst others. He fronted Hawkwind during their most spacy 1970s period, but also released material under his own name, although his solo album Captain Lockheed & The Starfighters (1974) is not sf (it is a concept-album that retells the story of the development of Lockheed's F-104 Starfighter jet plane). Calvert's sf poems appeared in various Fanzines and samizdat ...

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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