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Mysterious Traveler, The

Radio series (1943-1952). The Mutual Broadcasting System. Writers were primarily Robert Arthur and David Kogan. Created by Arthur and Kogan. Directors included Kogan. Narrator: Maurice Tarplin. 370 30-minute episodes. / This was primarily a suspense-crime drama anthology series, but included much Fantasy, Horror and sf. Radioplays are by Arthur and Kogan unless noted otherwise. Surviving sf instalments include "Beware of Tomorrow" (1944), dealing with a professor who has constructed an ...

Island Claws

Film (1980; vt Giant Claws). Produced by Ted Swanson. Directed by Hernan Cardenas. Written by Jack Cowden and Ricou Browning from a story by Hernan Cardenas and Colby Cardenas. Cast includes Dick Callinan, Steve Hanks, Robert Lansing, Jo McDonnell and Barry Nelson. 90 minutes, cut to 82 minutes. Colour. / Reporter Jan Raines (McDonnell) visit a small Island off the Florida coast to report on Dr McNeal (Nelson), who is working to improve crabs as a food source. Her father Frank (Callinan) ...

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 ...

Kasulke, Calvin

(?   -    ) US author and playwright (recipient in the latter capacity of a Lambda literary fellowship) based in New York. His debut novel – or rather, novella with a great deal of white space – is Several People Are Typing: A Novel (2021), a genial comedy told entirely through chat sessions and personal direct messages in an eccentric New York PR consultancy's internal Slack Communications network. Having inadvertently constructed a spreadsheet ...

Savages

Film (1972). Ivory-Merchant Productions in association with Angelika Films, US. Directed by James Ivory. Produced by Ismail Merchant. Written by George Swift Trow and Michael O'Donohue from an idea by Ivory. Cast includes Susan Blakely, Thayer David, Anne Francine, Salome Jens, Asha Puthli, Lewis J Stadlen (credited as Lewis Stadlen), Russ Thacker and Ultra Violet. 106 minutes. Black and white/sepia-toned/colour. / A primitive tribe of "Mud People" led by the Hostess (Francine) and the ...

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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