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Karloff, Boris

Pseudonym of UK-born actor William Henry Pratt (1887-1969), in Canada and then the US from the teens of the twentieth century; he featured in many silent films from about 1916, including Tarzan and the Golden Lion (1927) (see Tarzan Films), based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel; but became famous for his title role in the early sound film Frankenstein (1931) directed by James Whale (see Horror in SF; Mary Shelley). This film and its sequels – beginning with The Bride of Frankenstein ...

Whitlock, Vaughan

(1950-    ) Australian author now in New Zealand whose anti-Feminist Dystopian Satire, Human Stock (2001), posits a distant Near Future world with women taking advantage of their dominance by created a state of Slavery for men, who are Cloned to fit into their abject roles. 2030: The Inner Limits (2006) is also a satire, on similar lines. [JC]

Shepard, Jim

(1956-    ) US academic and author, active from the 1990s. Some of the short stories assembled in his third collection, Like You'd Understand, Anyway (coll 2007), are of sf interest. Nosferatu (1997; vt Nosferatu in Love 1998), though nonfantastic, conceives of F W Murnau (1888-1931) as being intimately haunted by the protagonist of his most famous film, Nosferatu (1922). / Shepard is of specific sf interest for his eighth novel, the Near Future Phase Six (2021). The ...

Snyder, Cecil III

(1948-    ) US author of The Hawks of Arcturus (1974), in which a lone Earthman defies the eponymous Aliens in their attempt to find the secrets of an ancient Galaxy-ruling race (see Forerunners). He should not be confused with his father, Cecil K Snyder Jr (1927-    ), also an author. [JC]

McIntee, David A

(1968-    ) UK author, almost all of whose work has consisted of Ties to the Doctor Who universe, beginning with Doctor Who: The New Adventures: White Darkness (1993); in the twenty-first century, he has begun to supply Ties to other enterprises as well. Delta Quadrant: The Unofficial Guide to Voyager (2000) is a useful guide to the Star Trek: Voyager sub-domain of the Star Trek universe. [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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