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Space Sweepers

South Korean film (2021; original title Seungriho). Merry Christmas and Netflix presents a Bidangil Pictures and Dexter Studios production. Directed by Jo Sung-hee. Written by Jo Sung-hee with Yoo-kang Seo-ae and Yoon Seung-min. Cast includes Richard Armitage, Jin Seon-kyu, Kim Mu-yeol, Kim Tae-ri, Park Ye-rin, Song Joong-ki and Yoo Hae-jin. 136 minutes. Colour. / The crew of the Spaceship Victory saves a ...

Fantasy Times

US Fanzine (1941-1969) edited by James V Taurasi Sr (1917-1991), briefly by Sam Moskowitz during World War Two, Taurasi again, and Frank Prieto Jr from 1966. Published erratically until 1946, Fantasy Times thereafter established itself as a straightforward sf and fantasy newsletter or Newszine containing news, notes and reviews. In 1957 its title changed to Science Fiction Times, and ...

Artemis 81

Made-for-tv film (1981). BBC TV. Directed by Alastair Reid. Written by David Rudkin. Cast includes Hywel Bennett, Roland Curram, Dan O'Herlihy, Ian Redford, Dinah Stabb, Sting and Margaret Whiting. 181 minutes. Colour. / On another planet, the Manichean Alien angels Asrael (Curram) and Helith (Sting) vie over the fate of the human race. Evil Asrael travels to Earth and forces the cursed organist Albrecht von Drachenfels (O'Herlihy) to distribute pieces of a ...

Magee, Rufus

(1845-1929) US politician and author tentatively identified as having written The Battle of the Moy; Or, How Ireland Gained Her Independence 1892-1894 (1883), published anonymously in America and the UK. The novel depicts a Near Future European war, during the course of which Ireland gains her independence from Britain. The identification with Magee is based on bibliographical evidence from L W Currey. [JC]

Man They Could Not Hang, The

Film (1939). Columbia. Directed by Nick Grinde. Written by Karl Brown, based on a story by Leslie T White and George W Sayre. Cast includes Lorna Gray, Boris Karloff, Roger Pryor and Robert Wilcox. 72 minutes. Black and white. / A kindly Scientist (Karloff) invents a mechanical heart, and one of his students volunteers to undergo clinical death to test it; a police raid at the critical ...

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 ...



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