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Tetsuo II: Bodyhammer

Film (1991). Kaiju Theatre Production for Toshiba EMI. Co-executive producer, director, co-cinematographer, editor, screenplay Shinya Tsukamoto. Cast includes Nobu Kanaoka, Tomoroh Taguchi, Tsukamoto and Toraemon Utazawa. 83 minutes. Colour. / This is in many ways a remake two-years later of Tetsuo, this time with professional backing and shot in colour. An office-worker (Taguchi, who also starred in the previous film) who is Amnesiac about his childhood is maddened by the kidnapping and ...

Scrymsour, Ella M

Working name of Ella Mary Scrymsour-Nichol (1888-1962), UK actress and author, daughter-in-law of C A Scrymsour Nichol; her sf novel, The Perfect World: A Romance of Strange People and Strange Places (fixup 1922), is thought by E F Bleiler almost certainly to consist of two separate magazine novels here published sequentially; however, as Scrymsour clearly attempted to weave their plots together, we designate the outcome a Fixup. In the first main sequence the two young gentlemen protagonists ...

World War One

For Edward James's website "Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers in the Great War", which places many relevant authors in this context, see under links below. / The Great War that ran from 1914 to 1918 had hardly run its course before it began, alarmingly – very soon after the publication of The First World War, 1914-1918 (1920) by Charles Repington (1858-1925) – to be known as the First World War or World War One. Under whatever name, the conflict brought an apocalyptic change ...


Film (1995). Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Directed by Roger Donaldson. Alien designs by H R Giger. Written by Dennis Feldman. Cast includes Marg Helgenberger, Natasha Henstridge, Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Alfred Molina and Forest Whitaker. 108 minutes. Colour. / Radio transmissions from an extraterrestrial race are intercepted on Earth. They contain a DNA sequence and instructions for combining it with our own. American scientists use the data to genetically engineer (see Genetic Engineering) ...

Cohen, Douglas

(?   -    ) US editor, editorial consultant and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Feelings of the Flesh" for Interzone in September/October 2007. From 2005 he occupied various editorial positions at Realms of Fantasy, his final role being that of principal editor from November 2009 until the magazine ceased in October 2011; he wrote about this experience in Realms of Fantasy: A Retrospective (2015). He is the collaborative editor of the ...

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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