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Palmer, Stephen

(1962-    ) UK musician and author whose first sf novel, Memory Seed (1996), depicts the remnants of Homo sapiens, now restricted to a Keep-like decaying City after profound Climate Change – caused mainly by over-exploitation of the planet – has turned the outside world into wilderness overrun with Genetically Engineered flora and fauna. His second novel, Glass (1997), which is independent of the first though set in the same city of Cray, depicts a plague that ...

Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.

Film (1966; vt Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.). AARU. Directed by Gordon Flemyng. Written by Milton Subotsky, based on a six-episode Doctor Who television story by Terry Nation, The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964). Cast includes Bernard Cribbins, Jill Curzon, Peter Cushing and Roberta Tovey. 84 minutes. Colour. / This was the second movie made by coproducers Milton Subotsky and Max J Rosenberg to cash in on the popularity of the Doctor Who television series, the first being Dr Who and the Daleks ...

Barton, William R

(1950-    ) US author who has concentrated for most of his career on sf novels set in Space Opera arenas; within this normally expansive frame, he tends to focus on intimate venues, where stressful interactions amongst sometimes dysfunctional characters give a dark, closet-drama feel to his tales. His first novel, however, Hunting on Kunderer (1973), traditionally confronts humans with Alien natives on a dangerous new planet; A Plague of All Cowards (1976 dos) was also an sf ...

Bass, T J

Working name of US author Thomas J Bassler (1932-2011), who began publishing sf with "Star Seeder" for If in September 1969. He was almost exclusively associated with the Hive series that comprises his only book publications, Half Past Human (December 1969 Galaxy and November 1970 If; fixup 1971) and The Godwhale (1974), itself expanded from an earlier story, "Rorqual Maru" (January 1972 Galaxy). Through a network of intricately interlinked stories, the first novel depicts a densely overcrowded ...

Body Snatchers

Film (1993). Warner Bros. Directed by Abel Ferrara. Written Stuart Gordon, Dennis Paoli and Nicholas St John, based on a story by Raymond Cistheri and Larry Cohen, based loosely in turn on the 1958 screenplay. Cast includes Gabrielle Anwar, Terry Kinney, Meg Tilly, Forest Whitaker and Billy Wirth. 87 minutes. Colour. / This low-budget remake (the second remake, the first being in 1978) of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1958) in most areas went straight to video, which was unfortunate. The ...

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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