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Hideous Sun Demon, The

Film (1959; vt Blood on His Lips UK; vt Terror from the Sun; vt The Sun Demon). Clarke-King Enterprises/Pacific International Enterprises. Produced by Robert Clarke. Directed by Clarke and Tom Boutross. Written by E S Seeley Jr with additional dialogue by Doane R Hoag from an original idea by Clarke and Phil Hiner. Monster costume by Richard Cassarino (uncredited). Cast includes Robert Clarke, Fred La Porta, Patricia Manning, Nan Peterson, Peter Similuk and Patrick Whyte. 74 minutes. Black and ...

Williams, F P

(1848-1930) US author of Hallie Marshall: A True Daughter of the South (1900), an Alternate History in which the South has won the American Civil War after its victory at Gettysburg; as witnessed by a visitor from our world, the "Southland", which retains slavery, continues to flourish in 1900. Blacks, here normally called darkies, are more than content (see Race in SF). The visitor falls in love with Hallie Marshall, but is wrested back to cruel New England. [JC]

Palmer, Thomas

(1955-    ) US author whose first novel, The Transfer (1983), verges on the Technothriller, and whose second, Dream Science (1990), made some stir for its quiet (but ultimately ruthless) intelligence. The protagonist of the book is one of those capable of perceiving lines running across the physical environment that, when passed over, take one into what seem to be Parallel Worlds, but may in fact be aspects of one world seen at different points on a single cosmological ...

Adventure Time

US animated tv series (2007; 2010-2018; 2020-2021). Cartoon Network. Created by Pendleton Ward. Executive producers: Pendleton Ward, Fred Seibert, Derek Drymon. Writers include Rebecca Sugar (creator of Steven Universe), Adam Muto and Pendleton Ward. Directors include Nate Cash, Elizabeth Ito, Seo Kim, Larry Leichliter and Adam Muto. Voice cast includes John DiMaggio (Bender in Futurama), Tom Kenny, Olivia Olson, Jeremy Shada and Hynden Walch. 283 eleven-minute episodes, plus the 2007 pilot, ...


["Paper Theatre"] Although there has been a scroll-based story-telling tradition in Japan since the 12th century, for our purposes the kamishibai medium was a spin-off that flourished between the 1920s and the 1950s, spanning the Depression era, the peak of Japanese Imperialism, and the American postwar Occupation. / A kamishibai was a frame mounted on the back of a bicycle, coincidentally equivalent in dimensions to a modern flat-screen TV. The story-teller would ride to a spot in a park ...

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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