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Cave

Chicago-based instrumental group. Their compositions are structured around carefully locked-together repetitive riffs and generate considerable quasi-hypnotic intensity. Psychic Psummer (2009) opens with the deep space tour "Gamm" (the name comes from an obscure Swedish record label); and the album also includes "Encino Man", a version of the 1992 movie Encino Man about a frozen caveman who is brought back to life in modern-day California. The group's third album, Neverendless (2011) includes, ...

Bride of Frankenstein, The

1. Film (1935). Universal. Directed by James Whale. Written by John Balderston, William Hurlbut and R C Sherriff uncredited. Cast includes Colin Clive, E E Clive, Gavin Gordon, O P Heggie, Valerie Hobson, Boris Karloff (credited by surname only), Elsa Lanchester, Una O'Connor, Ernest Thesiger and Douglas Walton. 75 minutes. Black and white. / Some contemporary viewers felt that the horror and pathos of this sequel to Whale's 1931 Frankenstein were vitiated by the director's morbid sense of ...

Safroni-Middleton, Arnold

A working name of the UK composer and author born George Arnold Haynes Middleton (1873-1950), who also signed some of his books Count Safroni or Count M Safroni. Under Many Names (1937; rev vt The Dreaming Skull 1948 as by A Safroni-Middleton) as by Count M Safroni is an sf novel whose protagonist conducts his interplanetary travels via thought waves, meeting en route an advanced Extraterrestrial civilization. [JC]

Gibbons, Dave

Working name of prolific, award-winning UK Comic-strip artist David Chester Gibbons (1949-    ); using a bold, firm line style, he specializes in the Superhero genre. Born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, he trained as a surveyor and began his artistic career providing Illustrations and strips for fanzines. He turned professional in 1973, drawing The Wriggling Wrecker for the D C Thompson comic Wizard. Further strips with an sf flavour followed until, in 1975, he began work on ...

Kluge, Alexander

(1932-    ) German film maker, controversialist and author, most of his fiction (around a thousand titles) being in the form of the short story. He is of sf interest for Lernprozesse mit tödlichem Ausgang (coll 1973; trans Christopher Pavsek of title novel only as Learning Processes with a Deadly Outcome 1996), set partly in a Ruined Earth venue, some time after World War Three has almost totally destroyed the planet. Most of the remaining humans live in Underground ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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