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Film (1993). Shah/Jensen and Imperial Entertainment. Produced by Ash R Shah, Eric Karson and Tom Karnowski. Directed by Albert Pyun. Written by Rebecca Charles. Cast includes Olivier Gruner, Merle Kennedy, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa and Tim Thomerson. 96 minutes. Colour. / This very violent, low-budget, straight-to-video, exploitation action-adventure movie, directed by straight-to-video specialist Pyun, has one element of sf interest. At a time when, despite all the publicity given to them, ...

Martin, Dorothy Knox

(?   -    ) US author of Yucay: A Romance of Early Peru (1941), a Lost Race tale in which a prehistoric Incan Utopia in Peru is described warmly. [JC]

Palmer, Cuthbert A

(?   -?   ) US author, possibly pseudonymous, of The Man Without a Navel (1932 chap), a moderately surreal humorous Satire focusing around a man who may be an Android or Robot. [JC]


In sf Terminology, an apartment in a high-rise building. Conapts often feature what is effectively a complete life-support system, so that even when they are in a densely populated city their inhabitants are often seen to be isolated from other people. A conapt is often assumed to be in a city consisting of high-rise buildings, each one highly populated, but with the buildings themselves not necessarily crowded together, and sometimes separated by parkland. Probably formed as a contraction of ...

Dexter's Laboratory

US animated tv series (1996-2003). Cartoon Network, Hanna-Barbera Cartoons. Created by Genndy Tartakovsky. Directors include Robert Alvarez, John McIntyre, Rob Renzetti, Chris Savino and Genndy Tartakovsky. Writers include Walt Dohrn, Zeke Kamm, Seth MacFarlane, Cindy Morrow, Jason Butler Rote, Michael Ryan, Chris Savino and Genndy Tartakovsky. Voice cast includes Christine Cavanaugh, Kathryn Cressida, Eddie Deezen, Candi Milo and Alison Moore. 78 22-minute episodes, usually with three ...

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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