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Taylor, Frank

(1894-1972) US author of House of the Hunter (1962), set in a deserted Post-Holocaust Los Angeles (see California), as an unseen entity gradually eliminates the last survivors in an isolated house. [JC]

Chronicles of Riddick, The

Film (2004). Universal Pictures presents a Radar Pictures/One Race Films production. Written and directed by David Twohy. Cast includes Alexa Davalos, Keith David, Judi Dench, Vin Diesel, Colm Feore, Thandie Newton and Karl Urban. Theatrical cut 119 minutes; Director's Cut 135 minutes. Colour. / Five years on from the events of Pitch Black (2000), Riddick is drawn from hiding to combat the Necromongers, an interstellar armed cult whose warlord has acquired dark powers from another ...

Deadly Games

US tv series (1995-1996). Stirred, Not Shaken Productions/Rumbleseat Productions/Viacom Productions for the UPN television network. Produced by Donald L Gold, William S Kerr, and Michelle Williams. Created by Paul Bernbaum, S S Schweitzer, and Anthony Spinner. Creative Consultant: Leonard Nimoy. Directors included Christopher Hibler, Christian Nyby II and Nimoy. Writers included Birnbaum, Kate Boutiliers, William Rabkin. Cast includes James Calvert, Cynthia Gibb, Stephen T Kay and Christopher ...

Véry, Pierre

(1900-1960) French screenwriter, journalist and author active from the mid-1920s, under several names including Toussaint Judge; best known for his many crime novels. His sf novel, Le pays sans étoiles ["Land Without Stars"] (1945; trans Stuart Gilbert as In What Strange Land 1949), is a thriller built around the possibility that a woman intruder – mysteriously connected with a Perception-distorting wasteland at the heart of a village – is in fact from another Dimension; the ...

Unknown World

Film (1951; vt Night without Stars). Lippert Pictures. Produced by Irving Block (credited as I A Block) and Jack Rabin (credited as J R Rabin). Directed by Terry O Morse (credited as Terrell O Morse). Special effects by Block, Rabin, Willis Cook and Menrad von Muldorfer. Written by Millard Kaufman. Cast includes Victory Jory, Bruce Kellogg, Marilyn Nash and Otto Waldis. 74 minutes. Black and white. / Dr Jeremiah Morley (Killian) is convinced that the world is heading towards a nuclear war ...

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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