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Man in the White Suit, The

Film (1951). Ealing Studios. Directed by Alexander Mackendrick. Written by Roger MacDougall, John Dighton, Mackendrick, based on the play The Man in the White Suit by MacDougall. Cast includes Joan Greenwood, Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker and Ernest Thesiger. 85 minutes, cut to 81 minutes. Black and white. / A Scientist creates a monomolecular artificial fibre (see Monomolecular Wire) that neither wears out nor gets dirty. To prove it, he makes himself a shining white suit that retains its ...

Freeman, Steven F

(?   -    ) US author who also writes as by Malcolm Pierce; his Blackwell Files sequence beginning with Nefarious (2013) [series not listed in Checklist] edges toward genuine Technothriller territory, but the adventures of the married team of investigators do not ever quite reach the fantastic. Freeman is of sf interest for Supertide (2020), a Disaster tale whose protagonists uncover the imminence of mid-tectonic plate volcanic action on an immense scale; the ...

Dark

German tv series (2017-2020). Netflix/W&B Television. Created by Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese. Directed by Baran bo Odar. Written by Odar and Friese. Other writers are Martin Behnke, Daphne Ferraro, Ronny Schalk and Marc O Seng. Cast includes Karoline Eichhorn, Dietrich Hollinderbäumer, Louis Hoffmann, Oliver Masucci, Andreas Pietschmann, Maja Schöne, Christian Steyer, Jördis Triebel and Lisa Vicari. 26 episodes of 44 to 73 minutes. Colour. / This high-concept German ...

Falkner, John

Pseudonym used by UK author Ernest John Gale (1917-1976) for two routine sf adventures, Untrodden Streets of Time (1954) – featuring Time Travel to the future – and Overlords of Andromeda (1955), a Space Opera featuring human revolt against the titular Aliens. [JC/DRL]

Brown, Alec

(1900-1962) UK translator and author whose early work, like The Honest Bounder (1927), grappled with interbellum Europe from a left perspective; in his sf novel, Angelo's Moon (1955), set in an Underground city in Africa called Hypolitania, a white scientist offers some hope of countering the degeneration of our species. [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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