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Medusa Touch, The

Film (1977; US 1978). ITC Entertainment UK/Warner Brothers Pictures US. Produced by Anne V Coates and Jack Gold. Directed by Gold. Written by John Briley based on the novel The Medusa Touch (1973) by Peter Van Greenaway. Special effects supervisor: Brian Johnson. Cast includes Harry Andrews, Richard Burton, Gordon Jackson, Lee Remick and Lino Ventura. 105 minutes. Colour. / Novelist John Morlar (Burton) is almost murdered as the film begins, but is found barely alive by French Inspector ...

Cyborg 2087

Made-for-tv film (1966). Feature Film Corp. Directed by Franklin Adreon. Written by Arthur C Pierce. Cast includes Wendell Corey, Eduard Franz, Michael Rennie, Karen Steele and Warren Stevens. 86 minutes. Colour. / This film, which though made for television achieved theatrical release, has a renegade Cyborg (Rennie) from 2087 CE going back to 1966 to prevent a scientist (Franz) from creating a device that will later be used by a totalitarian government for a mind-control programme to which ...

Ratfandom

Highly informal UK fan group of the 1970s, several of whose members later became sf professionals. Based in London, Ratfandom and its satellites produced some of the most literate, witty and scurrilous Fanzines in that fertile period for UK Fandom; these included Big Scab (1974, 3 issues) edited by John Brosnan, Macrocosm (1971-1972, 3 issues) edited by Robert P Holdstock, Magic Pudding (1973, 1 issue) edited by Malcolm Edwards, Seamonsters (1978-1979, 4 issues) edited by Simone Walsh, Stop ...

Boothby, Guy

(1867-1905) Australian-born playwright and author, schooled in the UK 1874-1883, again resident in the UK from 1894, author of a large number of books in various genres; he remains best known for his Dr Nikola sequence: A Bid for Fortune; Or, Dr Nikola's Vendetta (1895) [for magazine appearance and subtitles see Checklist below], where his capacity to mesmerize his victims (see Hypnosis) is made explicit; Doctor Nikola (1896), which is mostly set in a Tibetan Lost World; The Lust of Hate ...

Scanner Darkly, A

Film (2006). Warner Independent Pictures in association with Thousand Words presents a Section Eight/Detour Filmproduction/3 Arts Entertainment production. Written and directed by Richard Linklater; based on A Scanner Darkly (1977) by Philip K Dick. Cast includes Robert Downey Jr, Woody Harrelson, Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder. 96 minutes. Colour. / Seven years in the future, undercover narcotics officers run scanner surveillance on suspects from a central hub, wearing identity-masking ...

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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