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Bennett, Harve

(1930-2015) US film/tv producer and screenwriter, Harve Bennett was an almost legendary figure in sf television production and writing, and fulfilled both those roles on The Invisible Man (1975-1976), The Bionic Woman (1976-1978), Gemini Man (1976) (see The Invisible Man), The Six Million Dollar Man (1973-1978) and Time Trax (1993-1994), among others. His metier was the creation of populist, action-packed, comparatively routine sf adventure. Bennett likewise produced and wrote or co-wrote ...

Barbauld, Anna Laetitia

(1743-1825) UK educationist and author, important exponent of Unitarianism, whose stories for young children became famous. She is of Proto SF interest for Eighteen Hundred and Eleven: A Poem (1812 chap), which conveys in Gothic terms the vision of a Near Future Britain, some time after its defeat in the long war against Napoleonic France; the ruined country, including London itself (see Ruins and Futurity), is visited by tourists from America. [JC]

Otherside Picnic

Japanese animated tv series (2021). Based on the Light Novels by Iori Miyazawa (illustrated by shirakaba). Liden Films, Felix Film. Directed by Takuya Satō. Written by Takuya Satō. Voice cast includes Yumiri Hanamori, Rina Hidaka, Ai Kayano and Miyu Tomita. Twelve 24-minute episodes. Colour. / As the title suggests, this work is influenced by Arkady and Boris Strugatski's Roadside Picnic (1972; trans 1977). / Toriko Nishina (Kayano) is searching the Otherside, a Parallel World ...

Fantasy Magazine Index

US letter-size Fanzine. Publisher and editor: Delbert Winans (1949-2009). One issue only, March 1977. / Long-time fan Winans here did an effective job of indexing most of the English-language Monster Movie magazines published up to March 1977. Despite being a fanzine, Fantasy Magazine Index seems to have sold relatively well: it is not as scarce as one might expect. Collectors should note that this publication indexes Media Magazines such as Famous Monsters of Filmland and related titles, ...

Craig, Joe

(1981-    ) UK singer/songwriter and author of the Jimmy Coates sequence, beginning with Jimmy Coates: Killer (2005; vt Jimmy Coates: Assassin? 2005), a Young Adult novel of some interest for the intensity of its depiction of young Jimmy's dilemma: Genetically Engineered to unfold into a Superman assassin at the age of 18, he finds himself gripped by these powers several years too young. His rite of passage towards adulthood is therefore doubly fraught: internally, he is at ...

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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