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Southland Tales

Film (2007). Universal Pictures and Cherry Road Films present a Cherry Road Films/Darko Entertainment and MHF Zweite Academy Film production in association with Inferno Distribution and Eden Roc Productions with Persistent Entertainment. Written and directed by Richard Kelly. Cast includes Sarah Michelle Gellar, Dwayne Johnson, Christopher Lambert, Jon Lovitz, Mandy Moore, Miranda Richardson, Seann William Scott and Justin Timberlake. 145 minutes. Colour. / Three years after nuclear ...

Blom, Suzanne Allés

(1948-2012) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "In the Memory of Prince Edward" for Tomorrow: Speculative Fiction in April 1993; her projected Alternate History series – the first volume, Inca: The Scarlet Fringe (2000), hovers between sf and fantasy modalities – posits an Incan resistance to the Spanish Conquistadores in the fifteenth century. The outcome remains for the moment in doubt. [JC]

Bechdolt, Jack

Working name of US author John Ernest Bechdolt (1884-1954) for his fiction, though he used his full name for other writing. The Lost Vikings (1931) features juveniles who discover a Lost Race of Vikings in Alaska. The Torch (24 January-21 February 1920 Argosy Weekly; 1948) is a Ruined Earth tale, set in a devastated New York a thousand years after a Comet has destroyed civilization; almost betrayed by the passions of love, but enabled in the end by the Inventions of a dwarf Scientist, the ...

Meyer, John J

(1873-1948) US author of several loosely linked apostrophic picaresques. They break down into two rough series. The Cerebroscope sequence – comprising 20,000 Trails Under the Universe with the Cerebroscope [for full subtitles throughout see Checklist] (1917) and The Deer-Smellers of Haunted Mountain (1921) – features a device, the cerebroscope, capable of Communications with the dead, of use when the protagonist of the second volume finds a kind of Lost Race of Germans skulking ...

Most Dangerous Man Alive, The

Film (1958). Trans-Global/Columbia. Directed by Allan Dwan. Written by James Leicester, Phillip Rock, based on a story by Rock, Michael Pate. Cast includes Anthony Caruso, Debra Paget, Ron Randell and Elaine Stewart. 82 minutes, cut to 76 minutes. Black and white. / In this unusual blend of sf and crime movie, a framed gangster (Randell) escapes from Prison and hides out in the desert, where he is caught up in a nuclear test (see Nuclear Energy). He survives but discovers that he is slowly ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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