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Seymour, Cyril

Pseudonym of UK author William Robinson (1852-1926), whose The Magic of Tomorrow: Being the Strange True Story of One Who Claimed Foreknowledge of the Day That Never Comes (1903), despite its title, is a nonfantastic tale of the fake who only claims foreknowledge; of some sf interest is Comet Chaos: A Romance of Love, Treasure and Prophecy (1906), a confused tale of treasure-hunting set in an advanced submarine (see Inventions; Under the Sea) as a great Comet threatens to destroy the world, but ...

Batman

This Comic-book crimefighter, the archetypal masked avenger (though influenced by earlier such figures, notably The Shadow), nicknamed "The Caped Crusader" and "The Dark Knight", has become a twentieth-century Icon. He is not a Superhero in the strictest sense, since he is represented as having no superhuman abilities; however, his near-impossible strength, stamina and athletic prowess are bolstered by a wide range of frequently science-fictional gadgets (see Inventions). / Created by ...

Adair, Hazel

Pseudonym of India-born actor, television producer, scriptwriter and author Hazel Joyce Marriott (1920-2015), in the UK from infancy, perhaps best known for her co-creation with Peter Ling of the British daily television serial Crossroads (1964-1988); she also wrote as by Clare Nicol and Klaus Vogel. Of sf interest is Stranger from Space (1953) with Ronald Marriott (her husband), about a young Alien from Mars who is stranded on Earth and befriends a human boy. This novelizes their own scripts ...

Pink Panther Strikes Again, The

Film (1976). United Artists. Produced and directed by Blake Edwards. Screenplay by Edwards and Frank Waldman. Cast includes Lesley-Anne Down, Joe Dunne (uncredited stunt work), Dick Crockett, Burt Kwouk, Herbert Lom, Briony McRoberts, Peter Sellers and Richard Vernon. 124 minutes, cut to 103 minutes. Colour. / This fifth film in the sequence of slapstick crime capers that began with The Pink Panther (1963) – all starring bumbling and strangely-accented Inspector Jacques Clouseau ...

Secret Masters

A familiar aspect of sf Paranoia is the sense that small, anonymous and unreasonably powerful cabals – sometimes individuals (see Godgame) – secretly control or manipulate the world. Seemingly omnipotent groups of Villains are commonplace in both conspiracy theories and sf, the most famous instance being the Bavarian Illuminati whose alleged influence is deliriously recomplicated in Robert Shea's and Robert Anton Wilson's Illuminatus! trilogy beginning with The Eye in the Pyramid ...

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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