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Wilkinson, Kerry

(1980-    ) UK author, whose work is almost exclusively nonfantastic, including the long Jessica Daniel crime novel sequence [not listed in Checklist below]. He is of sf interest primarily for the Young Adult Dystopian Silver Blackthorn series beginning with Reckoning (2014), set in an indefinably Near Future Britain delineated in terms that allow a fantasy reading of the whole, though at the same time hints of an underlining sf mechanism (see Medieval Futurism) give the ...

Creature from the Haunted Sea

Film (1961). Roger Corman Productions/The Filmgroup. Directed by Roger Corman. Produced by Corman and Charles Hannawalt. Written by Charles B Griffith. Cast includes Antony Carbone, Betsy Jones-Moreland, Blanquita Romero and Robert Towne (credited as Edward Wain). Narrator: Towne. 63 minutes, expanded to 75 minutes for television. Black and white. / After the Cuban Revolution a group of military officers wishes to flee the nation with much of its treasury in the form of gold bullion. ...


Videogame (1993). Bullfrog Productions (BP). Designed by Peter Molyneux, Sean Cooper. Platforms: Amiga, DOS (1993); Mac, MegaDrive, SNES (1994); 3DO, CD32, Jaguar (1995). / Syndicate is an early example of a Real Time Tactics game, played in a three-dimensional Isometric view, and set in a milieu which emphasizes the moral ambiguity of much Cyberpunk fiction. The player adopts the role of an executive in one of the crime syndicates that have taken over the world's ruling corporations, ...

Schneider, John G

(1909-1964) US author whose borderline-sf Satire, The Golden Kazoo (1956), which anatomizes the Madison Avenue nature of the (Near-Future) 1960 presidential election, which he saw as foolishly Computer-dominated. [JC]

Hansen, Karl

(1950-    ) US author who began publishing sf with "The Killers" (September 1975 Analog) and "A Red, White and Blue Fourth of July" in 2076: The American Tricentennial (anth 1976) edited by Edward Bryant, and who published stories fairly frequently in the late 1970s and 1980s. His first novel, War Games (as "Sergeant Pepper" in The Berkley Showcase: New Writings in Science Fiction and Fantasy, Vol. 1, anth 1980, ed Victoria Schochet and John Silbersack; exp 1981), is a ...

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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