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Mind of Mr Soames, The

Film (1969). Amicus. Directed by Alan Cooke. Written by John Hale, Edward Simpson, from The Mind of Mr Soames (1961) by Charles Eric Maine. Cast includes Nigel Davenport, Terence Stamp and Robert Vaughn. 98 minutes. Colour. / Soames (Stamp) has been in a coma since birth and is now 30 years old. A neurosurgeon (Vaughn) brings him to consciousness with a brain operation. Now a sexually mature man, his brain is a blank slate for life to write on. Stamp's performance as the innocent who ...

Moore, Stuart

(?   -    ) UK author of two Ties to the Wargame Dark Future, Dark Future: American Meat (2005) and Dark Future: Reality Bites (2006). He also novelized the film John Carter (2012). The Zodiac Legacy trilogy with Stan Lee, opening with Convergence (2015) is Superhero fantasy for Young Adults, featuring Superpowers linked to the Supernatural Creatures of the Chinese zodiac. [JC]

Interstella 5555

Film (2003). Toei Animation/Virgin Music. Directed by Kazuhisa Takenouchi. Cast includes Thomas Bangalter and Romanthony. Written by Bangalter, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Cédric Hervet. 65 minutes. Colour. / Billed as "the animated House Musical", Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem – to give it its full and unwieldy title – is an extremely unusual film: a feature length anime adaptation of Daft Punk's 2001 album, Discovery. Although directed by ...

van Loden, Erle

Pseudonym used for sf by Ernest Lister Hale Willis (1919-1988), UK teacher, Television director and author who was very prolific in the last capacity under a number of bylines, his principal working name being Lisle Willis. He began to publish work of genre interest as by van Loden with "Demons of Daavol" in the 1952 Wonders of the Spaceways #5 from John Spencer and Co (see Badger Books); three further stories for Spencer magazines followed. His two sf novels are Curse of Planet Kuz (1953), a ...

Sutton, Paralee Sweeten

(?   -    ) US author in whose White City (1949) a married couple, their plane hopelessly lost somewhere in the Antarctic, discovers there a Lost Race who communicate by Telepathy and who have established a clement, advanced Utopia. [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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