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Franklin, Alfred

(1830-1917) French librarian, historian and author whose Les Ruines de Paris en 4875: Documents officiels et inédits (1875; trans Brian Stableford as "The Ruins of Paris in 4875" in Investigations of the Future [anth 2012 pod]) describes an expedition in 4875 from New Caledonia to the ruins of Paris (see Ruins and Futurity), which has been destroyed by a great undescribed Disaster, and whose inhabitants seem to have suffered at least cultural Devolution. The anthropologists (see ...

Porter, Henry

(1953-    ) UK journalist and author, whose The Master of the Fallen Chairs (2005) is a Young Adult Timeslip tale set in a house which, riven by a temporal fault line, registers new deaths, whenever they occur, through the sequential toppling over of the thirteen eponymous chairs. [JC]

My Secret Identity

Canadian tv series (1988-1991). Sunrise Films with Scholastic Productions for CTV in Canada; Syndicated US. Created by Fred Fox Jr and Brian Levant. Executive producers Fox and Levant. Directors included Don McBreaty, George Bloomfield and Otta Hanus. Writers included Eric Weinthal, Dawn Ritchie, Martin Lager and Elliot Stern. Cast includes Christopher Bolton, Wanda Cannon, Derek McGrath, Marsha Moreau and Jerry O'Connell. 72 30-minute episodes. Colour. / In a Toronto suburb, ...

Clockwork Orange, A

Film (1971). Polaris/Warner Bros. Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Written by Kubrick, based on A Clockwork Orange (1962) by Anthony Burgess. Cast includes Michael Bates, Warren Clarke, Patrick Magee, Malcolm McDowell and Aubrey Morris. 137 minutes. Colour. / This controversial adaptation of Burgess's novel about mind control tells of Alex (McDowell), a teenage thug in a tawdry Near Future – dehumanizing and luridly presented – who is cured of his violent ways by a sadistic form of ...

Secret Agent "X"

US Pulp Magazine. Published by Periodical House Inc, an imprint of Ace Magazines. Editors were Rose Wyn for the first few years, then Harry Widmer for the remainder of the run. Publication varied from monthly to an erratic bimonthly schedule. 41 issues from February 1934 to March 1941, initially with "X" in quotation marks and cover subtitle "The Man of a Thousand Faces"; from #20 (November 1935) as Secret Agent X without quotes and subtitled "Detective Mysteries". / The titular Secret ...

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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