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Crack in the World

Film (1965). Security Pictures/Paramount. Directed by Andrew Marton. Written by Jon Manchip White, Julian Halevy. Cast includes Dana Andrews, Alexander Knox, Kieron Moore and Janette Scott. 96 minutes. Colour. / An attempt to use a nuclear device to tap geothermal energy from deep within the Earth causes a large and ever increasing crack in the crust. A bid to halt the process with a further nuclear explosion sends into space a large chunk of the Earth, which forms a new moon. This ...

Endō Akinori

(1959-    ) Japanese scenarist and novelist, sometimes using the pseudonym Meigo Endō, who toiled throughout the 1980s and 1990s on Anime scripts and Ties, before finding some respite and creative freedom out of the field. / Endo's earliest credited script work included stints on Mecha shows, such as Chōriki Robo Galatt ["Super-Powered Robo Galatt"] (1984; vt Change Robo Galatt) and Kidō Senshi Z Gundam ["Mobile Suit Z Gundam"] (1985; vt Zeta Gundam). This ...

Kaner, H

(1896-1973) Romanian-born UK civil servant and author who published his own books from Llandudno in Wales through The Kaner Publishing Co; it should be noted that his firm also published other writers, including John Russell Fearn. Of his own titles, two full-length novels stand out: People of the Twilight (1946), in which a Lost Race is discovered in a Parallel World, and The Sun Queen (1946), which features instantaneous Transportation and a race of beings dwelling within the Sun. [JC]

Microsoft Space Simulator

Videogame (1994). Bruce Artwick Organization (BAO). Designed by Charles Guy. Platforms: DOS. / Microsoft Space Simulator is a Toy Game which simulates historical and technologically extrapolated forms of space exploration, much influenced by the developers' line of flight simulators beginning with Flight Simulator (1979 subLOGIC, AppleII; 1980 TRS80) designed by Bruce Artwick and continuing as the Microsoft Flight Simulator series. The majority of players' time is typically spent in the ...

Half Human

Film (1955; vt Half Human: The Story of the Abominable Snowman). Original Japanese title Jūjin yuki otoko ["Monster Snowman"]. Toho Film Productions Ltd/Distributors Corporation of America (US). Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka, Robert B Howard (US). Directed by Inshiro Honda, Kenneth G Crane (US). Written by Takeo Murata. Cast includes Morris Ankrum, John Carradine, Robert Karnes, Momako Kochi, Nobu Nakamura, Akemi Negiishi, Akira Takarada and Russell Thorson. Narrator: Carradine. US print 63 ...

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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