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Pan's Labyrinth

Spanish-Mexican film (2006). Original title El laberinto del fauno. Directed and written by Guillermo Del Toro. CafeFX, Esperanto Filmoj, Estudios Picasso, OMM, Sententia Entertainment, Telecinco, Tequila Gang, Wild Bunch. Cast includes Pablo Adán, Álex Angulo, Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Doug Jones, Sergi López and Maribel Verdú. 119 minutes. Colour. / Long ago, Princess Moanna of the Underworld ascended a spiral staircase to reach the Earth's surface, only to ...

Willett, John

(1932-2001) US author, editor and art critic (for the San Diego Metropolitan 1996-1999), who began to publish genre fiction with the children's fantasy novella The Singer in the Stone (1981 chap), in which a Sleeper Awakes and a future world is changed. Willett is of direct sf interest for Aubade for Gamelon (1984), a somewhat ponderous treatment of the trope of superhuman Mutants who have emerged in the wake of nuclear testing as humanity's salvation or nemesis; Immortality may be possible. ...

Miklowitz, Gloria D

(1927-2015) US author of work for the Young Adult market; the After the Bomb Holocaust sequence, comprising After the Bomb (1985) and After the Bomb: Week One (1987), is set in the immediate aftermath of a nuclear attack on Los Angeles (see California), and focuses on techniques of immediate survival. Ghastly Ghostly Riddles (coll 1977 chap) is a collection of riddles for young readers, featuring ghosts, witches, Vampires, and Monsters. [JC]

Brooke, Jocelyn

(1908-1966) UK journalist and author; during active service in World War Two, he worked as a pox wallah (a medical aide who concentrated on venereal diseases); he is most noted for psychological fantasias like The Scapegoat (1948) and The Goose Cathedral (1950). The Image of a Drawn Sword (1950) casts an Equipoisal sf hue over the extremities of psychological horror that follow its protagonist's recruitment into a merciless army at some point – wanly interfused by hints of Timeslip from ...

Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man

Film (1951). Universal International Pictures. Directed by Charles Lamont. Screenplay by John Grant, Robert Lees and Frederic I Rinaldo, very loosely based on The Invisible Man (1897) by H G Wells. Cast includes Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Nancy Guild, Arthur Franz. 82 minutes. Black and white. / Boxer Tommy Nelson (Franz) is framed for the murder of a boxing promoter when he refuses to throw a bout as ordered by local gangsters. Knowing that his girlfriend's father has the Invisibility ...

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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