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Battle of Dorking

Probably the most important and influential of early Future War stories, George T Chesney's anonymously published novella The Battle of Dorking: Reminiscences of a Volunteer (May 1871 Blackwood's Magazine; 1871 chap) conveyed a dire warning against British jingoist complacency with its depiction of a surprise Invasion by an unnamed country (ie Germany) whose secret ...

People that Time Forgot, The

Film (1977). Amicus. Directed by Kevin Connor. Written by Patrick Tilley, Connor Carter, Maurice Carter, based on The Land that Time Forgot (stories September-November 1918 Blue Book; fixup 1924) by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Cast includes Sarah Douglas, Dana Gillespie, Doug McClure, Thorley Walters and Patrick Wayne. 90 minutes. Colour. / After the mild ...

Teague, Mark

(1963-    ) US illustrator and author, almost invariably in both cases for younger children. A series like Cynthia Rylants' Poppleton, for which his illustrations have been admired, is a case in point: written for young readers, it follows the adventures of the eponymous pig after he moves to the big city [the sequence is not listed below]. Of sf interest is an Young Adult tale, The Doom Machine (2009), written and ...

Wright, Vincent

(?   -?   ) UK author of whom nothing is known beyond his sf novel, An Ancient Englishman: A D 1599-1906 [for subtitle see Checklist below] (1907), structured as the memoir of Geoffrey Grenville, a sixteenth-century warrior Hero. After battling the Spanish on land and sea, he comes to London, where the Earl of Southampton introduces him to William Shakespeare, to whom he recounts his ...

Attack of the Giant Leeches

Film (1959; vt Attack of the Blood Leeches; vt Demons of the Swamp UK; vt The Giant Leeches). American International Pictures (US), Anglo-Amalgamated Film Distributors (UK). Executive producer: Roger Corman. Produced by Gene Corman. Directed by Bernard L Kowalski. Written by Leo Gordon from his original story. Cast includes Guy Buccola (uncredited), George Cisar, Ken Clark, Michael ...

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 a long sf-tinged poem, "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly); he only began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf proper with ...

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