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Frost, Mark

(1953-    ) US screenwriter, director, producer and author, best known for co-creating the cult Television series Twin Peaks (1990-1991) with David Lynch. The noirish Pacific Rim Gothic of that narrative (see Gothic SF; Horror in SF), which is conveyed in some large measure through a hauntedly immobilized mise en scene, are not carried over to Frost's solo fiction, though the vaguely Steampunk atmosphere of the List of 7 sequence, comprising The List of 7 (1993) and The Six ...

Watson, Robert

(1882-1948) Scottish-born screenwriter, editor and author, in Canada from 1908, moving to California in 1933 to continue his cinema work. Of his several romantic adventures, High Hazard: A Romance of the Far Arctic (1929) is a Lost World tale featuring a clement enclave in the far north, where creatures out of Prehistoric SF roam, along with giants. [JC]

Peattie, Elia Wilkinson

(1862-1935) US journalist and author, influential and extremely prolific in both capacities; in her column (1890-1896) for the Omaha World-Herald, she took controversial positions, including a condemnation of the massacre of Native Americans at Wounded Knee on 29 December 1890. Her supernatural fiction, which includes the book-length "The Fountain of Youth: A Romance of the Supernatural" (28 October 1894-13 January 1895 Omaha World-Herald) and the tales assembled as The Shape of Fear and Other ...

Forbidden World

Film (1982; vt Mutant). New World. Directed by Allan Holzman. Written by Tim Curnen. Cast includes June Chadwick, Linden Chiles, Dawn Dunlap, Fox Harris, Raymond Oliver and Jesse Vint. 86 minutes. Colour. / This cheap imitation of Alien (1979), from Roger Corman's New World exploitation factory, is distinguished by its gleefully sleazy nature and amusing cynicism. An outer-space troubleshooter (Vint) is awakened from cryo-sleep (see Cryonics), casually informed that he is now younger than ...

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 ...

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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