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She Creature, The

Film (1956; vt The She-Creature). Golden State Productions/American International Pictures. Produced by Alex Gordon. Directed by Edward L Cahn. Written by Lou Rusoff from a story by Rusoff based on an original idea by Jerry Zigmund. Cast includes Paul Blaisdell (uncredited), Tom Conway, Marla English, Lance Fuller, Chester Morris and Ron Randell. 77 minutes. Black and white. / Unscrupulous hypnotist Dr Carlo Lombardi (Morris) discovers during a performance one evening that Andrea Talbot ...

Gravel, Geary

(1951-    ) US author and (since 1978) a Certified Sign Language Interpreter. Most of his later work has been fantasy [see Checklist], though he began publishing work of interest with the sf Autumnworld Mosaic sequence comprising The Alchemists (1984) and The Pathfinders (1986), set in a Galaxy abandoned by superior Aliens after they have passed their technologies on to the human race, which – now that it has benefited from this Uplift – proceeds to conquer the ...

Bonfils, Robert

(1922-2018) US artist who trained at the Kansas City Art Institute and the Art Institute of Chicago. Following army service in World War Two he became active as a commercial illustrator from the mid-1950s. The vigorous, pulpish paintings of this early period appeared on many US paperbacks including Sex novels from Merit Books, which led to his becoming art director and anonymous cover creator for Earl Kemp's Greenleaf Classics (see for example Andrew J Offutt; J X Williams). His work from this ...

Space Dandy

Japanese animated tv series (2014). Bones. Directed by Shingo Natsume and Shinichirō Watanabe. Writers include Toh Enjoe, Keiko Nobumoto, Dai Sato, Kimiko Ueno and Shinichiro Watanabe. Voice cast includes Unshou Ishizuka, Uki Satake, Junichi Suwabe, Masaaki Yajima and Hiroyuki Yoshino. 26 24-minute episodes. Colour. / Bequiffed letch Space Dandy (Suwabe) and his long-suffering companion, the AI vacuum cleaner QT (Satake), tour the Galaxy hoping to discover new Alien species: the reward ...

Allen, Robert

Working name of US author Allen Robert Dodd (1887-1947), whose only sf novel, Captain Gardiner of the International Police: A Secret Service Novel of the Future (1916), is set 60 years after World War One, when an International Federation governs all the world but for the sinister East (see Yellow Peril), whose plots are foiled by the eponymous secret agent. [JC]

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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