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Untermeyer, Louis

(1885-1977) US author, poet, critic and prolific anthologist. He is of genre interest for his Parody volume Heavens (coll 1922), whose framing device is an Afterlife fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] in which the unnamed protagonist is offered a choice of 976 heavens including a number of "Literary Realms" themed for particular authors. Of the five actually depicted, "The Heaven of Queer Stars" spoofs G K Chesterton, whose Father Brown-like spokesman scores endless ...

I, Robot

Film (2004). Twentieth Century Fox/Davis Entertainment. Directed by Alex Proyas. Bruce Greenwood. Written by Jeff Vintar, Akiva Goldsman, based on I, Robot (coll 1950) by Isaac Asimov. Cast includes Bridget Moynahan, Will Smith and Alan Tudyk. 115 minutes. Colour. / In the decades since the publication of Isaac Asimov's I, Robot (coll 1950), rumours often appeared of a possible cinematic adaptation of the revered story collection. Harlan Ellison famously wrote a screenplay, much praised by ...

Hoyle, Geoffrey

(1941-    ) UK author, author of several sf novels with his father, Fred Hoyle (whom see for details). 2010: Living in the Future (1972) is a nonfiction exercise in Futures Studies for children. [JC]

Sixbury, Glenn R

(?   -    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Circles" in Four Moons of Darkover (anth 1988) edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley. His sf novel, Legacy (2002) is a Tie to the Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict Shared World sequence (see Earth: Final Conflict), which it closes. [JC]

Winslow, Helen M

(1851-1938) US author, much of whose work advocates a moderate Feminism in which the central focus seems to be on equality of opportunity between the sexes, as in the nonfantastic A Woman for Mayor: A Novel of To-Day (1909), whose victorious female mayor is much interested in hygiene, and has the city scrubbed clean. Of sf interest is the Near Future Salome Shepard, Reformer (1893), the eponymous protagonist of which, who happens to be a factory owner, is inspired to create a Utopia with ...

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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