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Cormier, Robert

(1925-2000) US author, highly esteemed for his Young Adult novels, especially perhaps The Chocolate War (1974), which is not fantastic. Of sf interest are The Bumblebee Flies Anyway (1983), which depicts the experiences of a child being experimented upon in a hospital called only the Complex; and Fade (1988), a tale of inherited Invisibility hovers Equipoisally between fantasy and sf whose protagonist gains markedly but suffers greatly through his alienating power. [JC]

Devil-Doll, The

Film (1936). MGM. Directed by Tod Browning. Written by Browning, Garrett Fort, S Guy Endore, Erich von Stroheim, based on Burn, Witch, Burn! (1933) by A Merritt and "The Witch of Timbuctoo" by Browning. Cast includes Lionel Barrymore, Frank Lawton and Maureen O'Sullivan. 79 minutes. Black and white. / In this film by the director of Dracula (1931) and Freaks (1932), a man (Barrymore) wrongly convicted and sent to Devil's Island returns to Paris, where he uses Miniaturized people for ...

Serpell, Christopher

(1910-1991) UK journalist and Intelligence Office during World War Two, whose Loss of Eden: A Cautionary Tale (1940; vt If Hitler Comes: A Cautionary Tale 1941) with Douglas Brown is a strong Hitler Wins tale in which appeasement leads to German occupation of Britain, with desolate consequences (for more details see his collaborator). [JC]

Drennan, Paul

(1949-2003) UK author of an unremarkable sf novel, Wooden Centauri (1975), featuring the return of deep-frozen (see Cryonics) space explorers to a Dystopian Earth. [JC]

Porges, Irwin

(1909-1998) US author, brother of Arthur Porges, who collaborated with him on at least one story: "A Touch of Sun" (April 1959 Fantastic). Irwin Porges wrote five volumes of nonfiction, those of sf relevance being the literary biographies Edgar Allan Poe (1963) and Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Man Who Created Tarzan (1975). [JC/DRL]. /

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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