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Irwin, Robert

(1946-2024) UK academic, mediaevalist, professional juggler (briefly) and author whose work in Arabian studies, of importance in itself, underpins the world envisioned in his first and most famous novel, The Arabian Nightmare (1983; rev 1987), which may be the definitive rendering of its central conceit: a mise en abyme-like dream narrative whose protagonist, upon seeming to awaken, only finds himself passing out of one story through a Portal into a deeper dream [for ...

Forbes, Caroline

(1952-    ) UK author whose first story of genre interest, "Snake" (1980 publication not traced), was assembled with her other published fantasy and sf in The Needle on Full: Lesbian Feminist Science Fiction (coll 1985) (see Feminism; Women in SF). Told with an abstractedness that seems at time fatally distant from the world, the tales here assembled convey all the same an acute awareness of feminist ...

Champions, The

UK tv series (1968-1969). ITC Entertainment for ITV network UK, NBC-TV US. Created by Monty Berman and Dennis Spooner (1932-1986). Directors included Roy Ward Baker, Cyril Frankel, John Llewellyn Moxey, and Don Sharp. Writers included Brian Clemens, Donald James, Terry Nation, Spooner and Tony Williams. Cast includes Alexandra Bastedo, Stuart Damon, William Gaunt and Anthony Nicholls. 30 60-minute episodes. Colour. / Counter-espionage agents Craig ...

Wason, Robert Alexander

(1874-1955) US author, mostly of Westerns, who is of sf interest for "The Man Who Never Died" (September 1915-March 1916 Physical Culture), a magazine founded and still under the influence of Bernarr Macfadden. The story is told from the viewpoint of Amorio, a young woman in splendid health brought up in an isolated Keep by Andreas Vesalius (1514-"1564"), whose death by drowning was a ruse to ...

Chilling Monster Tales

Letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema Magazine printed on newsprint-quality paper. One issue only: August 1966. Published by MM Publishing Ltd from New York. No editor named. / Chilling Monster Tales consisted chiefly of uncredited summaries of classic Monster or Horror films including House of Frankenstein (1944) (see ...

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. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...



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