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Big Pull, The

UK tv serial (1962). BBC. Producer Terence Dudley. Written Robert Gould. Cast includes William Dexter, Susan Purdie, June Tobin and Frederick Treves. Six 30-minute episodes. Black and white. / This fondly remembered thriller about alien Invasion, quite generously budgeted, has an astronaut returning to Earth after contamination by something strange in the Van Allen belts. There follow a series of strange "fusions" in which pairs of humans, one "dead" and one disappeared, return as single, ...

After the Holocaust

Board and counter Wargame (1977). Simulations Publications Inc (SPI). Designed by Irad Hardy, Redmond Simonsen. / After the Holocaust is an unusual Wargame in which victory depends as much on cooperation as competition. The setting is the US twenty years after a devastating nuclear war; players adopt the roles of various factions expanding across the continent, with the aim of reconstructing the nation. The emphasis is on economic rather than military simulation, with success dependent on ...

Interstella 5555

Film (2003). Toei Animation/Virgin Music. Directed by Kazuhisa Takenouchi. Cast includes Thomas Bangalter and Romanthony. Written by Bangalter, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Cédric Hervet. 65 minutes. Colour. / Billed as "the animated House Musical", Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem – to give it its full and unwieldy title – is an extremely unusual film: a feature length anime adaptation of Daft Punk's 2001 album, Discovery. Although directed by ...

Chess

Many sf stories make use of this ancient Board Game of stylized War, which emerged in recognizable form in India and China by approximately the sixth century and spread westward, reaching Europe by the eleventh century. Its numerous appearances in Fantasy include Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-glass (1871), whose introduction of living chess pieces has been enormously influential, and which is structured around an eccentric chess game whose moves are usefully traced in The Annotated Alice ...

Ségur, Nicolas

Pseudonym of Greek journalist and author Nikólaos Episkopópoulos (1874-1944), in France from 1902, having already published in various Greek journals in the 1890s under his own name; his French publications were always as by Ségur. Long association with Anatole France resulted in several nonfiction studies and memoirs [not listed below]. Two of his works of sf interest, both of them reflecting a sense of the Decadence of the West after World War One, have been assembled as ...

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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